Missouri Governor Signs Bill Restricting VotingOzark Radio News

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) — In a signing ceremony at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson signed into law House Bill (HB) 1878, which amends Missouri election laws limiting access to vote to strengthen electoral processes.

“We are pleased to be joined by Rep. John Simmons and Senator Sandy Crawford in signing HB 1878 into law,” Governor Parson said. “In 2020 and previous years, Missouri held free, fair, and secure elections, but with changing technologies and new threats emerging, we want to make sure they stay that way. HB 1878 strengthens our electoral processes and gives Missourians confidence that their votes are accurately and securely recorded at the ballot box.

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HB 1878 – Amends provisions regarding election law:

Requires all registered voters in Missouri to provide photo identification to vote and repeals the use of mail-in ballots while allowing some mail-in ballots.

In addition, HB 1878 makes several other changes to state law:

  • Specifies when voters lists may be audited by the Secretary of State;
  • Allow Nope excuse absentee voting in person at the local election authority from two weeks before the election;
  • Prohibited the use of ballot boxes for postal ballots;
  • makes the paper ballot the official ballot and prohibited the use of electronic vote counting machines after January 1, 2024;
  • Allows private donations be accepted by local electoral authorities, with limited exceptions;
  • Requires all electronic voting machines to be “isolated” or not directly connected to the internet; and
  • Adds several other election-related provisions.

“Our electoral system is a cornerstone of our Republic”, State representative John Simmons (R-Washington) said. “Faith and trust in the process is a solemn responsibility of the voters themselves and of those who organize the elections. Requiring photo ID is just a common sense measure that the vast majority of Missourians support. »

“I believe that when HB 1878 becomes law, Missourians can be assured that their votes will be counted correctly and that there will be many safeguards in place to prevent voter fraud,” State Senator Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo) said.

To view the bill, follow this link: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/hlrbillspdf/4557H.01I.pdf

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