"Only" 138,000 lack ID to vote in Missouri

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 04:35 PM

Stricter requirements for voter ID has been a hot Republican topic this season, and some restrictive laws have been passed.

So, now we get pretty bad "good news" like this:

138,000 said to lack ID to vote in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Department of Revenue releases a revised estimate, finding fewer voters who may lack the proper ID to vote in November.

The secretary of state's office in August released an estimate that more than 240,000 voters could lack an acceptable identification card under a new law.

The office compared its voter registration lists with Revenue Department data of those with a driver's license or state identification but acknowledged the list could have errors.

Today the Revenue Department says it ran the secretary of state's list against its files and determined more than 100,000 people can be removed. Revenue officials say some people died, moved out of state or changed their names.

The agency's new figure is less than 138,000 voters potentially lacking I.D.

Is there a reason I think that just about every one of these people is more likely to vote Democratic than Republican?  And don't even ask what I think about the accuracy of this assessment of how many lack the requisite I.D.