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Capitol Briefs: House passes voter ID bill


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House third read and passed a bill proponents say would crack down on election fraud Wednesday.

HB 334, sponsored by Rep. John Simmons, would require Missourians voting in-person absentee to verify their identity. Those without valid identification on their person would be allowed to fill out a provisional ballot and return with the appropriate documents before their ballot is counted.

“The voters of Missouri want their votes protected and counted properly,” Simmons said. “They don’t want their votes to be disenfranchised by fraudulent votes. Showing a photo ID will help my constituents and your constituents ensure their vote is not disenfranchised.”