Voter ID on the ballot this November in Missouri - KCTV5

Voter ID on the ballot this November in Missouri

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Among many items Missourians will vote on this November is a Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6. (KCTV5) Among many items Missourians will vote on this November is a Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6. (KCTV5)
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Among many items Missourians will vote on this November is a Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6. 

The amendment would change the state's constitution, requiring voters to verify their identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting ID. 

Supporters say a Voter ID requirement would reduce voter fraud. 

Lauri Ealom, the Democratic director of the bipartisan Kansas City Board of Elections, worries that the measure will result in fewer people voting. 

“They won't be able to vote if they don't have one of the two, ID card or a driver's license, and that would be devastating," she said. 

Full ballot language

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Constitution of Missouri be amended to state that voters may be required by law, which may be subject to exception, to verify one’s identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification?

The proposed amendment will result in no costs or savings because any potential costs would be due to the enactment of a general law allowed by this proposal. If such a general law is enacted, the potential costs to state and local governments is unknown, but could exceed $2.1 million annually.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to state that voters may be required by law to verify their identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification. Exceptions to this identification requirement may also be provided by law.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding elections.

Those Missourians who are interested in voting - but are currently not registered - have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 12. 

In Jackson County, the ballot will be 18 inches, the longest the county's had in years. It's recommended to go online, take a look at a sample ballot and be prepared. 

More information on Jackson County elections can be found here.

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