Missouri lawmakers passed election integrity bill

Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation enacted by Missouri lawmakers that will greatly improve election integrity. According to sources, after nearly 20 years of Republican pressure, Missourians who wish to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections will need to show a legitimate photo ID.

“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,” KMBC reported.

Republicans control both chambers of state legislature and the governorship in Missouri and the new law is scheduled to take effect on August 28, after the state‘s primaries on August 2.

The report adds:

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.

The state’s measure was backed by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft who supported the measure, calling it “one of the strongest election laws in the country.”

The state law enforcement officer went on to say that, “It makes sure that it’s easy to vote, it’s harder to cheat and the people can have trust in the results,” when speaking to reporters about the new election measures.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of this spring, voters must present a photo ID in 17 additional states in addition to Missouri. Additionally, 19 additional states have ID requirements that demand documentation other than photographs.

“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.”

The report adds: “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.”