Mo. House rewrites voter ID ballot summary

Thursday, April 12, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House members have rewritten the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment clearing the way for someday requiring voters to show photo identification.

Lawmakers approved the photo ID measure last year and wrote a summary that would go on a statewide ballot this year.

A judge recently struck down the summary because it referred to the proposed constitutional amendment as the "Voter Protection Act" -- a phrase that doesn't appear in the measure itself. The new ballot summary removes the phrase.

House members voted 102-55 on Wednesday for a resolution containing the new language. But some have questioned if the Legislature can use a resolution to change the ballot summary for a measure that passed the previous year.

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