By Debbie Dakin
Missouri Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft came to Houston this week to talk about ShowIt2Vote. As most of you know, Missouri’s photo ID requirement for voting began June 1. You must now show a photo ID before you can vote.
One way you are allowed to vote is to show a government issued photo ID. Options include a driver’s license, a nondriver license, a passport, or military ID. If you do not have a photo ID but would like to get one so that you may vote, the Secretary of State’s Office will help you obtain a nondriver license at no cost to you.
To obtain a nondriver license you can call the ShowIt2Vote hotline toll-free at 866-868-3245, or you may email ShowIt2Vote@sos.mo.gov for help. Items you may need to get your nondriver license include a copy of your certified birth certificate, certified marriage license, certified divorce decree, certified adoption papers or amended birth certificate, a court order that changed your name, a social security card that reflects your name, or naturalization papers that prove citizenship. If you already have all the necessary documents to get your nondriver license, visit your local license office and request a nondriver license for voting purposes.
To receive a nondriver license from the Missouri Department of Revenue, you will need to provide the following: 1. Proof of name, date of birth, place of birth; 2. Social Security number – verbally or present card; 3. Proof of Missouri residential address.
Other ways you can vote without government issued photo ID are to sign the provided statement and show one of the following: Voter Registration Card, ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and address.
The third way to vote is to vote a provisional ballot. There are two ways to make sure your vote counts – 1. If your signature matches the signature in the voter registry, your vote counts. 2. If you come back to your polling place and show a photo ID, your vote counts.