Mo. Gov. Parson signs bill requiring photo ID to vote, repeals use of mail-in ballots
(KBSI) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law that requires all registered voters in Missouri to provide photo identification to vote.
It also repeals the use of mail-in ballots while allowing certain absentee ballots.
“We are happy to be joined by Representative John Simmons and Senator Sandy Crawford to sign HB 1878 into law,” Governor Parson said in a statement posted on the governor’s website. “In 2020 and years prior, Missouri has conducted free, fair, and secure elections, but with changing technologies and new emerging threats, we want to ensure they remain that way. HB 1878 strengthens our election processes and gives Missourians confidence that their voices are being accurately and securely recorded at the ballot box.”
Additionally, HB 1878 makes several other modifications to state statute:
- Clarifies when voter rolls can be audited by the Secretary of State;
- Allows no excuse absentee voting in person at the local election authority starting two weeks prior to the election;
- Prohibits the use of ballot drop boxes for absentee ballots;
- Makes the paper ballot the official ballot and prohibits the use of electronic vote counting machines after January 1, 2024;
- Prevents local election authorities from accepting private donations, with limited exceptions;
- Requires all electronic voting machines to be “air gapped” or not directly connected to the internet; and
- Adds several other provisions related to elections.
Additionally, Governor Parson signed SB 745, SB 820, HB 1606, and HB 1552. Tap here for more information.