Missouri voter ID opponents say difficulties far from over

KRCG,  August 10, 2017

Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel said the apparent lack of difficulties during Tuesday's special election doesn't ease his concerns over the law. He said Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft could have done a better job of informing voters and election judges what their responsibilities were under the new law. Despite Ashcroft's recent statewide information tour, Chapel said a number of voters in the Kansas City area were confused by the new rules, as were poll workers. As an example, he said one Kansas City voter ran into trouble when he tried to check in using a military ID, which is an acceptable form of ID.

"He got into an exchange with the poll worker about whether or not this is an appropriate ID," he said. "The poll worker believed that it was only going to be driver's licenses." ...

Chapel said voters who only cast ballots in general elections are also more likely to lack a valid photo ID. Even though the law provides for alternative ways to cast a ballot, Chapel said this adds time spent checking in with a poll worker.

By Garrett Bergquist

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