HB 217 -- ELECTRONIC VOTER IDENTIFICATION
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Elections by a vote of 9 to 0.
This bill allows an election authority to use an electronic voter
identification system or an electronic signature pad to verify a
voter's address, registration status, and signature information
at a polling place. The system or pad must be able to read
identifying information from an individual's driver's or
nondriver's license and must allow the election authority to
manually enter information into the system from a valid form of
personal identification containing the voter's signature.
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2012, FY 2013, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill allows election
authorities to use electronic signature pads to verify voter
information and does not alter any of the requirements for
voting. An election authority will retain the ability to
manually enter and check information. Greene County has
implemented a successful version of this system for verifying
Testifying for the bill were Representative Dugger; and Missouri
Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.