Friday, June 10, 2011

Nixon noncommittal on voter ID

ST. LOUIS, MO (ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO) - Governor Jay Nixon says he hasn't yet decided what he'll do with legislation that would put a voter I-D requirement on the ballot in November 2012.

During his 2008 campaign, Nixon called the requirement "onerous." But he sidestepped a question at a bill signing in St. Louis Friday about whether he'd veto the new measure, saying he had not fully reviewed the bill.

"I said what I said. Obviously we're always trying to work to make voting as easy and efficient for people as possible. It's an important part of democracy, we like to have people to be able to get to the polls and vote in an organized and appropriate way," Nixon said.

A Missouri judge in 2006 struck down a similar measure as unconstitutional. The new version means a photo ID requirement would not take effect without voter approval.

Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio


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