State Rep. Steven Roberts Works to Educate
Constituents about New Voter ID Requirements
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Steven Roberts will spend his summer working with the Secretary of State’s Office to educate voters about Missouri’s new voter ID requirements. Roberts is working with the office of Secretary Ashcroft to promote the ShowIt2Vote campaign to ensure his constituents are protected from being disenfranchised.
“When the legislature sent the Voter ID legislation to voters for approval, we knew it had the potential to disenfranchise as many as 200,000 Missourians who do not have a valid form of photo ID. We’re now working to minimize the harm this requirement does so that all Missourians are able to continue to exercise their right to vote,” said Roberts, D-St. Louis. “These new requirements are especially problematic for my district because we have so many residents who either don’t have a photo ID, or don’t have the supporting documents to obtain one. I am thankful the Secretary of State is working to assist these individuals so they can obtain the ID they need in order to vote.”
Roberts said the one positive outcome of the Voter ID amendment is that more people who need identification will get assistance obtaining an ID. The photo voter ID law provides several ways to cast a ballot. A voter may show a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, non-driver’s license, Passport or Military ID. Another option is to sign a statement and show one of the following: voter registration card, ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address. Finally, a voter without a photo ID or any of the necessary documents may cast a provisional ballot. If the voter’s signature matches the signature in the voter registry or if the voter returns to the polling place to show appropriate photo ID, the vote will be counted.
“My goal is to prevent even a single person from being disenfranchised. These new requirements were created to stop a voter fraud problem that simply doesn’t exist, but by doing this it creates the problem of potentially keeping voters from being able to cast a ballot. I will do all I can to continue to work with ShowIt2Vote to ensure everyone who wants to vote is able to do so,” said Roberts.
Roberts said ShowIt2Vote.com contains clear, concise information on the law’s requirements, how to request assistance from the Secretary of State’s office to obtain the official documents needed to obtain a photo ID, contact information for the Secretary of State, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Vital Records Division and Missouri Department of Revenue. ShowIt2Vote.com and the ShowIt2Vote Help Line are available. Call (866) 868-3245 for assistance.
For more information, contact the office of Rep. Roberts at 573-751-1400.