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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ The Legislature is poised to tighten Missouri’s voter ID requirements, but lawmakers see the issue as far from settled.

Senate Republicans passed a bill on a 24-8 party-line vote Tuesday that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. A constitutional amendment that would allow that measure to be enacted is still awaiting a vote.

Democrats allowed the proposals to advance after a month of stalling. Under the measures, people without photo ID could vote after signing a statement saying they don’t have the required identification and can show some other document.

Even though lawmakers approved the bill, it can’t go into effect unless voters approve the constitutional amendment.

Republicans say they prefer a stricter system, but the current one would still allow officials to investigate voter fraud.