Missouri’s GOP House Speaker and the House Elections Committee chairman are disappointed that the GOP-controlled Senate did not approve legislation on voter ID and initiative petition reform. Speaker Rob Vescovo (pronounced Va-SCO-vo) tells Missourinet he’ll review Election Chairman Dan Shaul’s request that the governor call a special session:
The Missouri House gave final approval in late March to legislation that requires a photo ID and the use of a paper ballot. The legislation also repealed mail-in voting provisions that were allowed in 2020, during the pandemic. Shaul says the bill is necessary to ensure that Missouri’s elections remain fair and transparent. House Democrats are critical of a photo ID requirement, saying it would disenfranchise voters.