Senator Cunningham’s Legislative Column for June 2, 2017

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Last November, 63 percent of Missourians voted to support photo voter ID. As of June 1, Missouri’s new voter ID requirements are now in effect. If you are registered to vote, you can vote with a valid photo ID.

There are some things every Missourian should understand about the new law. First, and most importantly, every eligible registered voter can still request an absentee ballot or go to his or her polling place and vote on election day. Second, the Secretary of State’s office will begin a public information campaign about the new photo ID requirements and assist those individuals who do not have photo identification in order to vote.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is hosting a series of regional information meetings across Missouri sharing an update on the new voter ID requirements and encouraging individuals to register to vote. At these meetings people without photo IDs will find information to help them obtain an ID. He will join local elected officials for an informational visit in several local towns in the coming days. I strongly encourage you attend one of these meetings, or reach out to the secretary’s office, or mine, if you have any questions about the new law.

Event details are as follows:

When: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Howell County Office Building
Address: 35 Court Square, West Plains, MO

When: Monday, June 12
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Houston Storm Shelter
Address: 191 North 1st Street, Houston, MO

When: Monday, June 7
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Mountain View Community Center
Address: 125 East 1st Street, Mountain View

If you would like to learn more or have questions, we welcome you to attend any of these public meetings or visit or call (866) 868-3245.

As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.