Want To Vote In November? Better Have Photo ID. It’s Could Become Law
If you plan on voting in the November mid-terms, make sure that you have a valid ID. A law has passed the Missouri Senate, and despite the fact that state election officials say that the 2020 presidential election was secure in Missouri, and there is no evidence of voter fraud, you will need a valid photo ID to vote. You will not be able to use your voter registration card, or a utility bill, or a school ID to cast your ballot.
Having a photo ID like a driver's license or state issued ID shouldn't be too difficult to have. I think most people have one. But for those who may not, and you want your voice to be heard, you will need to get one. This bill also bans the future use of mail-in ballots that voters saw used during the pandemic. It also bans ballot drop boxes in Missouri. It does loosen one aspect, however, allowing people to vote at their election authority office in the two weeks before an election without needing to give a reason why. You can read more about this HERE.
This seems like a situation that may impact certain demographics and make it harder to vote. Voting should be easier. That being said, I don't think having a photo ID is that outrageous to ask for. The elderly, who may not be driving anymore, may have an expired license, and could be ineligible to vote.
A previous version of the voter ID law was shut down by the Missouri Supreme Court in 2020. But the position of some state Republicans is that it is necessary to fight voter fraud. So now you have a heads up. Make sure you have a valid ID (DL or State ID) that is current so your will be able to cast your ballot in November and in 2024.