Two bills heard in House committee on Wednesday would modify absentee voting in Missouri in two pretty different ways. One bill would change the absentee voting application process by requiring photo identification for mail-in ballot requests. Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Stacy, a Republican from western Missouri’s Blue Springs, said the bill would strengthen the integrity of the process.
State Representative Wiley Price says Missourians should be able to vote absentee without coming up with an excuse. A House committee heard testimony on Wednesday to the St. Louis Democrat’s bill that would expand the option of absentee voting to any registered Missouri voter.
Currently, voters must be out-of-town on Election Day or must meet other standards in order to absentee vote. The Secretary of State opposes the bill.