Rep. Tony Dugger On His Voter ID Bill: "Most Of The Feedback...Was On The Negative Side"

While supporters like Dugger argue that the bill has provisions in place to help people get IDs they need if they don't have them, opponents argue that that's an expensive endeavor that in no way ensures legitimate voters will be able to cast ballots.

"It's crazy," Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat, tells Daily RFT, noting that this measure, if passed, could cost the state a lot of money. "Given the state of early childhood education...funding for higher education...health care costs.... We need to address [efforts]...that actually help people, and not ones that restrict people from voting."

She adds, "Everybody across the country...is saying this is wrong."

Here are Dugger's two bills as currently written.

HJR 5

House Bill 48

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James Madison
James Madison

We have the right to know the person is eligible to vote. We also have the right to know the person voting is the person they claim. Imagine someone bullying others into letting him vote for them. Think it does not happen? Happens all too often with mail-in ballots. If all I need is a piece of paper with your name to vote for you, there is little to stop them. What makes this a problem? 10000 illegal votes? 10000 illegal votes? No, 1 illegal vote. It may not change the election results, but it changes who we are as a people.

KITTY
KITTY

Truth be known, the overwhelming majority of those complaints came from union thugs, wacko liberal democrats, ex-Acornites and the Occupiers sicne they have the most to lose if the bill passes. For they could no longer commit all the voter fraud they are notorious for. The bill will pass in spite of all the complaints. Justice will prevail.

Yvonne Kazan
Yvonne Kazan

This is just more of the GOP's strategy to cheat when you can't win fair and square! It's easier than realizing you're way out of touch.

Angela Poeling
Angela Poeling

No, and no. As an Election Judge I can tell you that this so called problem doesn't exist. If you don't have the card you get mailed to vote with, then most people show their driver's license anyways. Voter fraud is rare.

Wayne Mitchell
Wayne Mitchell

Of course! Is totally fair If getting paid tp get an ID everyone would have one then.

David Clarke
David Clarke

Will Missourians support it yes. Is it fair, not really.

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