Missouri Voter I.D. Amendment (2014)

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A Missouri Voter I.D. Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 election ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, known in the Missouri General Assembly as Senate Joint Resolution No. 31, would have allowed photo identification to be required when voting. The proposal was sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus (R-8). Kraus also sponsored a bill in the legislature that would have imposed a voter I.D. requirement, but it was not approved by either chamber.[1]

Background

Efforts to pass a voter I.D. law in Missouri were given up following legislative negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. In exchange for Republicans backing off of this voter I.D. measure and another requiring public-sector unions to get annual written authorization to deduct dues or fees from paychecks, Democrats allowed an abortion waiting period measure and an early voting measure to pass.[2]

Support

Sen. Will Kraus was the sponsor of the measure.[1]

Opposition

Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) expressed opposition toward the measure, saying the bill was "not only just wrong, but unconstitutional." Other opponents included Gov. Jay Nixon (D).[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Missouri Constitution

At the time of SJR 31's introduction, either chamber of the Missouri General Assembly was allowed to propose an amendment. A majority of members of both chambers were required to approve it in order to place it on a statewide ballot for a popular vote of the people. SJR 31 was not approved by either chamber before the end of the 2014 legislative session.[3]

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