State Rep. John Simmons (R-Washington) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on March 10, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Voter ID and no-excuse absentee voting legislation heading to Missouri governor’s desk

State Rep. John Simmons (R-Washington) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on March 10, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Legislation requiring Missourians to show a photo ID when they vote is heading to Governor Parson’s (R) desk, after receiving final approval from lawmakers on Thursday.

The GOP-controlled Missouri House voted 97-47 to give final approval to the bill, which is a top priority for GOP Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. He tells 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Columbia” that voter ID will not stop any legal registered voter from voting.

Missouri Republicans say voter ID will ensure election integrity and will prevent voter fraud, while Democratic critics say it will disenfranchise voters.

House Bill 1878 is sponsored by State Rep. John Simmons (R-Washington). It requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID to vote. An example would be a driver’s license.

The bill also allows two weeks of no-excuse absentee voting.

Critics of the bill include St. Louis-based Momentum: Missouri Moving Forward. They say 200,000-plus Missouri voters lack ID, including seniors and disabled residents. Secretary Ashcroft says his office helps Missourians obtain a free voter ID.

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