Kander Says Voter Photo ID May Not Be Needed, It’s Not. problem in Missouri
March 29, 2013

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is casting doubt on whether or not a plan to install voter photo ID in Missouri is needed, or can pass a court test.
Kander issued a report Thursday on the proposals being considered by Missouri lawmakers this year. The bills are HB48 and HB 216.
Supporters say Missouri needs voter photo ID requirements to cut down on voter fraud at the polls.
Kander’s report questions that premise..
“There has nit been a single case of voter impersonation fraud reported to the Secretary of State’s office since the current voter ID requirements went into effect in 2002,” stated the report.
Some of the new proposals would eliminate the use of student IDs, replacing them with a US passport. Non photo IDs issued from local election boards would also not be acceptable.
Kander says the proposed measured would move Missouri into a group of the four strictest State’s, in terms of voter ID requirements. That list includes Kansas, George, Indian and Tennessee.
The report also says the new laws may not meet the legal requirement established by the Missouri Supreme Court when it struck down an earlier version of voter photo ID IN 2006.
The report notes the Supreme Court opinion from that time said voter photo ID requirements would not prevent fraud in absentee voting nor at registration.
Kander also included another passage from the 2006 legal opinion that ratified his view on the limited scope of the problem.
The Supreme Court opinion observed that voter impersonation fraud “is not a problem in Missouri”.

Democrats Offer Early Voting Bills in Response to Voter Photo ID
February 19, 2013

(AP) – As Republicans look to implement a voter photo identification requirement, Democrats are pushing back with a proposal to allow early voting.
A Missouri Senate committee considered two bills Monday that would allow people to vote at least two weeks prior to election day.
Missouri voters already can vote in-person prior to election day, but are required to sign an affidavit saying they will not be in their home county on Election Day. Missouri would become the 33rd state to adopt early voting if the proposal passes.
Last week, the Missouri House sent a photo ID bill to the Senate.
The Senate committee took no action on the early voting bills.
Earlier this month, Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander named a bipartisan Commission to look into ways Missouri could implement early voting.

House May Take Up Voter ID in Missouri
February 11, 2013

P-D:
JEFFERSON CITY • Legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at polling places is scheduled for debate in the Missouri House.

House Majority Leader John Diehl said he expects a proposed constitutional amendment mandating photo ID and a bill implementing the rule to be taken up on the House floor this week.

Republicans argue the measure is needed to cut down on voter fraud. Democrats contend the photo ID requirement is aimed at disenfranchising voters.

The Legislature passed similar legislation in 2011, but Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill and a circuit court struck down the constitutional change.

Diehl says the House will also consider a measure reinstating an exemption for security plans to Missouri’s open meetings and records law.

Star: Voter Photo ID Major Issue in Mo. Secretary of State Race
September 30, 2012

KC Star:
JEFFERSON CITY — The battle over voter ID laws is playing out across the nation, and in Missouri the issue represents one of the biggest differences between the two major candidates for secretary of state.

While any decision on voting laws ultimately will be made by the General Assembly, both Democrat Jason Kander and Republican Shane Schoeller agree that as the state’s chief election officer, the next secretary of state will wield tremendous influence over how the politically divisive issue is resolved.

Schoeller, a four-term state representative from Willard, is a major proponent of strict photo ID laws, saying he believes Missouri “absolutely has a problem with voter fraud.” While he acknowledged there have been no reported cases in Missouri of the type of fraud prevented by photo ID laws, he argued that even the appearance of impropriety is enough to warrant concern.

“This is about protecting the integrity of our electoral system,” he said.

Schoeller’s proposed solution includes mandating that every voter provide government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot and requiring proof of U.S. citizenship before registering to vote. He has pushed both ideas in legislation this year, but neither became law.

Kander, a three-term state representative from Kansas City, said he has always supported “sensible photo ID laws.” But he thinks what’s been pushed by Republicans in Missouri has been “extreme and unfair.”

“I don’t support unnecessary roadblocks to voting,” Kander said. “The proposals put forth in Missouri would disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters, including members of the military.”

Kander said that with no evidence that voter fraud is a problem in Missouri — a recent study found only 10 alleged cases of in-person voter impersonation in any election in the United States since 2000 — photo ID laws are a solution in search of a problem.

In Missouri, voters currently are required to provide some form of ID before casting a ballot, but the list includes some without a photo, such as a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

A 2009 study by the secretary of state’s office estimated that about 230,000 Missourians are registered to vote but lack a government-issued photo ID. Those most likely to be without a photo ID are the young, the elderly and minority voters.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 17 states have passed photo ID laws, including Kansas.

Missouri Republicans pushed through a photo ID bill in 2006 that was later struck down by the state Supreme Court, which found the law amounted to a “heavy and substantial burden on Missourians’ free exercise of the right of suffrage.”
More: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/29/3840341/missouri-secretary-of-state-candidates.html

Your Papers Please? New Voter ID Cards for KC Voters
July 18, 2012

The Kansas City Election Board (KCEB) is sending out new voter ID cards for KC voters south of the River. Kansas Citians who lives in Clay, Cass or Platte counties are handled by the County Clerks or election boards in those counties.
The new cards are going out through the mail. The KCEB says they should be in voter’s mailboxes between July 19-23.
The state requires new voter cards to be issued every two years. Election Commissioner Shawn Kieffer says the cards have the voter’s name; voter ID number, poll location; voting districts; ward and precinct.
Kieffer says voters do not have to show this particular card to provide they’re registered, Other forms of ID are accepted, as well. Those other forms of ID, according to the KCEB, a driver’s license,, government ID, or a college ID are acceptable examples.
Missouri does not have a voter photo ID law. Kansas does have one.
The new cards fit in a wallet or purse. They are red,white and blue.
The cards also contain a bar code. Kieffer says voters with smartphones can scan the bar code and connect to the KCEB’s website to see if their polling place has moved or been changed.

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