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Missouri Senate passes voter ID proposal

A proposal that would require people to show a photo ID when voting moved forward Wednesday night.

The Missouri Senate voted 24-8 to pass a constitutional amendment that would allow for such a law. Now it needs another House vote.

If approved, it would bypass Gov. Nixon and would go right to the Missouri voters.

Senate Democrats allowed the proposed constitutional amendment and a companion statutory change to pass after about a month of trying to block it.

Republicans agreed to allow people without a photo ID to cast a ballot if they sign a statement saying they don’t have the required identification and can show some other form of ID, such as a paycheck or utility bill.

The legislative session ends Friday.

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