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Gov. Nixon vetoes photo ID, amendment remains on 2012 statewide ballot

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June 20, 2011

Missouri

By Bailey Ludlam

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: On Friday, June 17, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation - SB 3 - that proposed requiring voters to show photo identification in order to cast ballots. Additionally, the proposed bill would have allowed a no-excuse-needed period for Missouri voters to vote prior to Election day. The bill was passed by the Senate with a 25-9 vote. The House voted 99-52.[1]

Although the 2012 certified measure is similar in topic, the measure will remain on the 2012 ballot. In contrast to the vetoed legislation, the measure simply authorizes the enactment of such state laws but does not require that they be enacted.

Nixon argued that proposed legislative bill would have made it harder for seniors and the disabled to vote because they were less likely to have a driver's license or government-issued photo ID. Despite the veto, if voters approve the proposed measure, legislators could pass yet another bill.[1]

The vetoed legislation can be read here - SB 3.

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