Just prior to the highly anticipated midterm elections, which are likely to be dominated by a red wave, the governor of one state signed a bill that was finally enacted by the state House and Senate and is considered to considerably enhance the integrity of our elections.
This autumn, Missourians will be required to present a picture ID in order to vote, nearly two decades after Republicans began lobbying for the measure. Republicans feel they have successfully preserved democracy in the Republican-controlled state of Missouri after a long and arduous battle.
“The new Missouri election law also will open a two-week window for people to cast absentee ballots in person without needing to cite a reason why they can’t vote on Election Day – a provision pushed by Democrats as a compromise for not attempting to block the photo ID requirement,” according to a report Thursday from KMBC.
In addition to dominating both chambers of the Missouri legislature, the Republican Party also holds the governor’s office.
The new law will go into effect on August 28; the state’s primary are set for August 2.
In addition, the following is stated in the report:
It comes amid a renewed national emphasis on election laws. Democrats in many states have sought to expand voter access following widespread mail-in voting during the pandemic-affected 2020 elections while many Republicans have pursued new voting restrictions that they contend would cut down on the potential for fraud.
Missouri’s measure was backed by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. who called it “one of the strongest election laws in the country.”
“It makes sure that it’s easy to vote, it’s harder to cheat and the people can have trust in the results,” Secretary Ashcroft told reporters.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a picture identification statute for voters is in existence not just in Missouri, but also in seventeen other states as of the spring of this year. In addition to demanding confirmation of residence, 19 other states also require other proof of identification than a photo.
“Missouri’s new law also bans the use of drop boxes to collect absentee ballots, mandates cybersecurity reviews and prohibits private donations for elections, with exceptions for personal protective equipment, water or food for election workers,” KMBC reported. “It abolishes Missouri’s presidential primary, leaving parties to instead hold caucuses or conventions, and it allows voters to register by party starting in 2023.”
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“Missouri Republicans have sought for years to impose photo ID requirements but have been rebuffed by courts. The state first adopted a photo ID requirement in 2006 that was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court,” he report noted.
It is worth noting that, when passing the bill, Republican legislators referred to the 2016 ballot measure, which had received 63 percent of the popular vote, which authorized a constitutional amendment requiring voters to present a photo ID to vote. Lower courts, however, put on hold an accompanying law that actually mandates the photo ID requirement.
In January of 2020, the state Supreme Court struck down a provision that required voters to submit a sworn statement without a voter ID before they could vote. The ruling was considered “misleading” and “contradictory.” CONTINUE READING…