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.