Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft visited Boonville to assure residents that they would be able to vote after the passage last year of a voter I.D. law. In fact, he said if individuals voted in the last 10 years they should have no problem with voting now. In addition, there are now provisions in place to allow voters who come to the polls without identification to come back later with identification – allowing their vote to count.

Last year, the people of the state approved a measure requiring people to present identification to vote.

“Shall the Constitution of Missouri be amended to state that voters may be required by law, which may be subject to exception, to verify one’s identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification?

The proposed amendment will result in no costs or savings because any potential costs would be due to the enactment of a general law allowed by this proposal. If such a general law is enacted, the potential costs to state and local governments is unknown, but could exceed $2.1 million annually.”

The amendment became law and on June 1, anyone wanting to vote needs to present some sort of identification.

For those without any identification, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office will provide an I.D. outside of a driver's license for free to citizens of the state.

Ashcroft wanted to clear up any misinformation that may complicate the voting process. During his meeting at the Route B Diner on Thursday morning, he addressed what forms of identification would be accepted. He said that a driver's license, non driver license, passport or military I.D. would be accepted.

Furthermore, voters will be able to show a voter registration card, identification from a Missouri college or university, bank statement, paycheck and other government documents verifying that your name and address match up.

One new way to vote is by a provisional ballot. This way gives options to people who may have lost their I.D. under unforseen circumstances. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, if your signature matches the signature in the voting register, your vote counts. If you come back to your polling place and show a photo I.D., your vote counts.