Amendment 6, the controversial law that would require Missouri voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls to vote, passed Tuesday night.
Missouri voters voted ‘yes’ to Amendment 6 Tuesday overwhelmingly. The race was called as it approached its halfway point.
Under Amendment 6, any voter who goes to the polls must submit either a photo ID issued by Missouri or another state, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or a government-related document.
Voters who do not currently have any government-issued photo identification will still be able to vote but must sign a statement verifying their identity as true under penalty of perjury. Those who sign the document are then required to acquire a government-issued photo ID, paid for by the state of Missouri.
The controversial proposal was shot down by the Missouri Legislature in September under House Bill 1631. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, which was then soon overturned by Legislature. However, traces of voter identification being required at polling places goes as far back as 2006, where the Missouri Supreme Court declared photo identification as unconstitutional.
Amendment 6 reads in full, per the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
“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.”
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