Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door, chief election official, says no one will be turned away from voting Tuesday with or without identification.
A recent court ruling banning election authorities from requiring a photo ID to vote has caused confusion for Franklin County residents.
The confusion is due to the election cards mailed by the clerk’s office each year stating that a state photo ID is required.
“The cards were mailed out before the court ruling and after all of our election training was done,” Door explained. “I want to make sure people understand they can still vote. The card says government ID, but doesn’t list the other types of ID they can show.”
Door said the showing of an ID for Franklin County voters is usually not an issue but since the Show It 2 Vote law was enacted last year, there has been more resistance.
“Nobody’s going to get turned away Tuesday,” Door said. “Even if you have no identification, you can still vote a provisional ballot.”
The provisional ballots will be placed in separate envelopes and if the voter’s registration and residency is confirmed, the votes will be counted. If the Information is not verifiable, the ballots will be thrown out.
Door stressed her biggest concern in all of this is to ensure all citizens of Franklin County are served in a fair and honest election process.
Despite the setback, Door said the election judges have been trained to handle voters with and without identification.
“We sent out 67,000 voter cards and we’ve only had a couple of people call with issues,” Door said. “Most voters offer their driver’s license, no muss no fuss.”
Door explained there are multiple forms of identification that will be accepted on Election Day.
• Option 1: Present a Missouri driver’s license, Missouri non-driver’s license, passport or military ID.
• Option 2: Present a voter registration card, ID from a Missouri university, college, vocation or technical school, utility bill, or bank statement. Other forms in Option 2 would include a government check, paycheck or other government document showing a voter’s name and address.
• Option 3: If a voter is registered, but has no ID, they may vote using a provisional ballot.
These ballots can be validated in two different ways.
These provisional ballots will only be counted if a voter comes back to their polling place and shows any of the identifications under Option 1, or if the signature on the provisional ballot matches the voter registry.
Voter identification has been a hot topic nationwide with some groups saying it is unconstitutional and would prevent citizens without a driver’s license from being able to vote.
The original bill, which became Show It 2 Vote, was sponsored by then State Rep. Justin Alferman from Hermann.
House Bill 1631, which would require voters to show photo identification, was originally passed by the General Assembly in May 2016.
It was then vetoed by then Gov. Jay Nixon, who said the legislation was an affront to Missourians.
In his veto letter, Nixon said putting additional and unwarranted barriers between citizens and their right to vote is wrong and detrimental to our system of government as a whole.
In another turn, Nixon’s veto was later overturned by the super majority Republican-dominated Legislature and was eventually placed on the November ballot for the voters of Missouri to decide.
Despite opposition from some, it was approved by a wide margin of 63 to 36 percent. It received 1,700,139 votes in favor of and 992,555 against.
In Franklin County, the margin of passage was 69 to 30 percent. It received 33,774 votes in favor of and 15,147 votes against.