Kansas voters used the state’s new voter photo ID law for the first time Tuesday in a candidate election.
Missouri House Leader Shane Schoeller is linking his bid to get a voter photo ID bill passed to to his campaign for Missouri Secretary of State.
Wednesday Schoeller launched a website urging Missourians to tell Governor jay Nixon not to veto a voter photo ID bill again, if it gets to his desk.
“Missouri is a commonsense state. We must send a message that we will not stand for Governor Nixon putting politics before principle. HE MUST SIGN THIS BILL!” Schoeller’s news release says.
He has started a website to gather petition signatures. It is www.ShowMeVoterID.com. The site is posted by Schoeller’s campaign website for Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for Missouri.
Schoeller’s voter ID bill requires voters to present some sort of government document with a photograph when they go to vote.
A Missouri’s driver’s license would be the most common document for approved ID. Scholler’s bill says a Missouri non driver’s license ID document would also be accepted. The bill says state or federal document with a photo included is satisfactory. Also a military ID or a Veteran’s ID would also be accepted, according to the bill.
His bill passed the House easily this week.
Last year, Governor Nixon vetoed a similar measure.
“This [photo ID] mandate would disproportionately impact senior citizens and persons with disabilities, among others, who are qualified to vote and have been lawfully voting since becoming eligible to do so, but are less likely to have a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID,” he said at the time.
Several years ago, Missouri approved a voter photo ID law. The measure, however, was struck down by the courts.
The move comes just a day after Missouri’s western neighbor, Kansas, conducted its first candidate election where the Kansas voter photo ID was in effect. It was a special city council election for the Kansas City suburb of Roeland Park. There were no incidents. Less than 200 ballots were cast in a vote to replace a member of the council who moved away.
Kansas’ new law took effect this year. The state has one of the strictest voter photo ID laws in the nation.