State voter ID options covered

Brandon Alexander and Chrissy Peters of the Missouri Secretary of State's Office go over the new Show It 2 Vote program that follows through on results from last November's election where 63 percent of Missourians voted for the voter photo ID to go into effect.

Representatives from Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office attended the Tuesday morning St. Francois County Commission meeting to briefly go over the state's new Show It 2 Vote program.

Brandon Alexander and Chrissy Peters, directors of election, were introduced to the commission and those in the gallery by County Clerk Mark Hedrick.

"We're just going to talk to you real quick about the changes under Missouri's new voter ID law," Alexander said. "Last November, 63 percent of Missourians voted for photo ID to go into effect and we're here to talk about the implementing legislation that puts that into place."

According to Alexander, anyone who is a registered Missouri voter who goes to the right polling place on election day can vote by using one of three options:

Option 1 — The voter presents one of any of the following forms of photo ID at the poll: Drivers license; non-drivers license; passport; military ID; or a non-expired identification issued by the U.S. Government or state of Missouri that contains a photograph and signature. With this option, the voter receives a regular ballot.

Option 2 — The voter appears at the poll without a photo ID but has one of the following forms of acceptable identification: Voter registration; ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school; utility bill; bank statement; government check; paycheck; other government document showing the voter's name and address.

With this option, the voter signs a statement indicating they know a photo ID is needed to vote and that the state will provide one for them at no cost. The voter then receives a regular ballot.

Option 3 — In a case where the voter appears at the poll with no form of identification and is registered, they will receive a blue provisional ballot envelope. After voting, they will place the ballot in the envelope.

"A type of provisional ballot is something that has been available in federal and state elections previously," Alexander said. "This is a new kind of provisional ballot that will be available in every election for someone who is a registered voter that walks into their polling place, 'Hi, I'm John Doe and I'm here to vote. I don't have any ID on me.

"John Doe can go ahead and vote because he is in the poll book. He'll fill out the provisional ballot envelope and the ballot will go into the envelope and it will stay there until either John Doe comes back with his photo ID on election day or, say John Doe doesn't have a photo ID, that provisional ballot envelope comes back to the clerk's office at the end of the election.

"On that envelope is a place where the voter will sign their signature. If the clerk can mark the signature on the envelope to the signature that's on file for that voter — the same type of signature matching process that currently goes on for the initiative petition process — that ballot can then count."

Other action during the commission meeting included the opening of bids for conducting the annual county audit and for the purchase of records management software for the sheriff's department; rejecting a request by the county treasurer to promote two department employees; and approving a bid of $13,763 from CP Sealcoating & Striping for parking lot resurfacing and striping at the courthouse annex and Weber Road Facility.

The commissioners also approved a request to begin the process of vacating Myers Street in the Blackwell area of the county; turned down a pay adjustment request made by the county collector; approved a Grant Oversight Policy; and selected Smith & Company Engineers for the cleanup of the county's Maple Street facility through the Brownfield Voluntary Cleanup Program.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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