Missouri House tries again with voter photo ID law

Missouri State Capitol Building

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Republican-led Missouri House is advancing another version of a Missouri voter photo identification law that was gutted by the state Supreme Court.

Judges last year permanently blocked a central provision of the 2016 voter identification law that required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement in order to cast a regular ballot.

The new bill would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.

Missouri is one of several states where Republican-led legislatures have passed voter photo ID laws touted as a means of preventing in-person voter fraud, which studies have shown is very rare.