- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)4
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Judge denies request to revoke sheriff's bond (6/25/17)3
Photo ID for voting makes good sense
With memories of the election-day outrages of last November fresh in the minds of Missourians, proposed election reforms are much in the news.
Special committees of the Missouri House and Senate are holding hearings to look into needed reforms, and Secretary of State Matt Blunt is joined by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond in highlighting the issue.
Against this backdrop, federal authorities are taking the matter of attempted and actual vote fraud with sufficient seriousness to launch a criminal inquiry that began with an FBI investigation and proceeded to a criminal investigation.
Coming out of recent testimony before the both legislative committees was the idea of presenting photo identification as a requirement for voting. Currently, election judges can ask for identification but aren't required to do so.
Bond backed the photo-ID idea in testimony before the Senate committee. With Blunt away on active duty in the Navy, an aide appeared before the House committee to endorse the proposal. "We think it's one of the best steps toward preventing fraud," said Chuck Pryor, Blunt's legislative director.
State Rep. James Siegfried, D-Marshall, who chairs the House panel, said that the elderly will resist this reform. Well, yes. Some folks will resist any change. Fully informed, however, we believe the great majority of Missourians would embrace this commonsense reform to ensure that we have honest elections.
We hope our lawmakers will follow through and put this on the governor's desk.