Gov. Jay Nixon today took action on a number of elections-related measures including vetoing a photo identification bill that would have made it more difficult for Missourians to vote. House Bill 1631 would have had a disproportionate impact on senior citizens, Missourians with disabilities, and other individuals who have been lawfully voting since becoming eligible, but do not have a government-issued photo ID.
“This legislation is such an affront to Missourians’ fundamental right to vote that it requires that our Constitution be amended for its voter suppression provisions to become effective,” Gov. Nixon said in his veto message. “Making voting more difficult for qualified voters and disenfranchising certain classes of people is wrong.”
There are two parts, HJR 53, which the Governor can’t veto, and HB 1631, which the Governor just did.
….my position is we should make voting available to as many people as we possibly can. I mean, and we should make it as easy as we possibly can for people to vote. Uh, and, uh, so we’re reviewing this, this is relatively similar to a measure that I vetoed a few years ago, uh, that would have, uh, made it very expensive and difficult, especially for senior citizens and others that didn’t have driving privileges to, uh, to get a separate state issued ID. So, um, it’s not an area that my, my general philosophy is let’s make voting, uh, easier for folks, um, so this kind of, uh, comes at that….