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June 1, 2017ST. LOUIS, Mo. |  By: AP

New Missouri voter ID law takes effect today

A top backer of Missouri's new photo identification voting law, which has been derided by critics as a disenfranchising poll tax, says any registered voter can cast a ballot, with or without a photo ID.

The new law that takes effect today is a state constitutional amendment approved by Missouri voters last November. It generally requires photo IDs for voting, though provisions allow for voting with just a utility bill or paycheck and a sworn statement of identity.

Voters still can cast a provisional ballot.

About two dozen people gathered Wednesday outside of St. Louis' downtown Old Courthouse to decry the measure. They argue it will make it more difficult for Democratic constituents to vote.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft counters that such criticism is meant to mislead Missourians on the issue.