After Supreme Court docket ruling, Missouri Republicans push to revive voter ID

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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Republicans aren’t giving up on voter ID.

Roughly a 12 months after the Missouri Supreme Court docket gutted a 2016 ID legislation, Rep. John Simmons, R-Washington, got here to committee Wednesday with a brand new model.

Final 12 months’s court docket determination took problem with how the previous legislation required voters utilizing photo-less types of identification — together with utility payments and financial institution statements — to swear they had been who they claimed to be, so Simmons’ invoice nixes that totally.

Beneath his proposal, solely individuals with picture IDs can be allowed to solid an everyday poll. Individuals with no picture ID would as an alternative solid a provisional poll that may be counted provided that their signature on it matches the one on their voter registration file.

It’s not clear whether or not Simmons’ thought would survive one other lawsuit. A 5-2 majority of excessive court docket judges deemed the same idea “nonsensical” final 12 months.

Simmons didn’t seem to care.

He stated the provisional poll possibility would provide a secured security web for these with out picture IDs whereas “defending different voters who would in any other case be disenfranchised” by fraud.

The listening to took a predictable course from there.

Democrats challenged Simmons to provide you with an instance through which his legislation would have prevented fraud.

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