Mo. Republican SOS candidate gets campaign help from Mississippi official

Republican Missouri secretary of state candidate Shane Schoeller got a boost Wednesday from a fellow Republican from Mississippi, who said photo identification requirements for voters are important to preserving the integrity of elections.

Schoeller has made implementing a Missouri photo ID requirement a central theme of his campaign. On Wednesday, Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s secretary of state, echoed Shoeller’s push.

“Sometimes a utility bill is not enough,” Hosemann said while campaigning for Schoeller.

Mississippi voters in 2011 approved a state constitutional amendment dealing with a voter photo ID requirement, and legislators passed a measure earlier this year to put the requirement into law. However, the state is among those that need federal approval before making election changes, and the photo ID requirement will not be in place this year.