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Republican lawmakers continue to push voter ID legislation

Date: March 4, 2013
By: Christine Roto
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 48; HB 216; HJR 5; HJR 12

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This marks the seventh year Missouri lawmakers have proposed voter ID legislation.
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Wrap: Republican lawmakers have been pushing the legislation they say will prevent voting fraud.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Hartville Representative Tony Dugger, says his bill differs from the others in a big way.

It allows for those older than 65 to be eligible for a provisional ballot, as well as allowing voters who do not have an ID three days to return with a valid ID.

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Description: "Mr. Chairman, I might just say, having served as a county clerk for 14 years and working in the election process, I think that you have to say that there is certainly potential for fraud."

Democratic Independence Senator Paul LeVota says there is no evidence of documented voter fraud in Missouri.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Christine Roto.

Intro: 
Missouri Republican lawmaker's tweaking to voter ID bills won't be enough to appease some Democratic lawmakers.
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Wrap: Republican Hartville Representative Tony Dugger, who once served as a county clerk, says his bill has accounted for voters over the age of 65 to recieve a provisional ballot.

Dugger says the bill also gives voters 3 days to return with a photo ID if they are turned away due to the legislation.

Democratic Independence Senator Paul LeVota says maybe there should be stricter legislation with voter registration rather than voting.

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Description: "I just wonder if there's a better system of when you register you show a picture ID, and then that picture is there... on the voter card... so there is no potential for fraud."

LeVota says there is no evidence of documented voter fraud in Missouri.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Christine Roto.

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Republican lawmakers are continuing to push voter ID legislation in Jefferson City.
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Wrap: A representative from the Secretary of State's office showed up as an opponent of a similar voter ID bill by another Republican senator.

John Scott says the Secretary of State's office still opposes the legislation because it doesn't want to put voters on a path for a provisional ballot.

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Description: "It just places too high of a risk on that vote not being counted."

The bill's sponsor says other than changes for qualifications for a provisional ballot, the bill has accounted for others who might feel disenfranchised.

Dugger says if voters are turned away for not providing a valid ID, they will have three days to return with their ID.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Christine Roto.


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