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Senate approves bill which to crack down on election fraud.

April 24, 2006
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

If you're planning to cheat the election system this fall, you may want to think twice. Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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It's not November, but elections are on the brain in the Missouri Senate.

Senators passed a bill which would tighten election rules and require a state issued photo ID to vote.

Republican Senator Delbert Scott says any amount of fraud is too much and a state ID would go a long way to curb election fraud.

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"The fact that so many people already have a photo ID, and it's the gold standard for identifying who you are, it makes it very clear that its better than having a voter registration card or a utility bill to be able to vote"

The bill passed the Senate with a 23-9 vote. From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker.

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The Missouri Senate passed a bill aimed at cracking down on election fraud. Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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With a 23-8 vote, the Missouri Senate took one big step closer to requiring voters to show a photo ID before casting their ballots.

Republican Senator Delbert Scott says the idea is better than simply showing a voter registration or utility bill.

But Democrat Joan Bray says some voters may not be able to get ID cards in time.

The St. Louis Senator says photo ID's are overkill and believes a signature will do the job.

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"We're taking a bludgeon to do what you could do with just a little tweaking. If we made sure that everybody had the ability to compare signature then we wouldn't have the ability to compare signatures."

The same bill also increases fines for voter violence and intimidation.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker.