State Representative Curtis Trent filed an amendment, Thursday, seeking to “protect the integrity of elections in Missouri by fixing a loophole in the state’s constitution.”

Rep. Trent, R-Springfield, said the Missouri Constitution should make it clear that U.S. citizenship is required to vote. HJR 75 would place on the state ballot a three-word fix to the state’s constitution. The amendment strikes the word “all” citizens and replaces it with “only” to read that only a citizen can vote in Missouri elections.

“We must protect the right to vote by making clear that this right is reserved for U.S. citizens only,” Trent said in a release on Thursday. “The integrity of our elections depends on the voters having faith in the outcome of our elections regardless of their personal views or political party."

To strengthen the integrity of the state’s elections, Trent said it is vital that it's clear who can vote and who cannot vote in Missouri’s elections.

“This amendment would ensure that every election in Missouri is limited to citizens of the United States. This commonsense amendment respects the right to vote, defends the liberty of U.S. citizens and maintains the trust in the institutions of our republic,” Trent said.

Trent noted that Chicago currently allows non-U.S. citizens to legally vote in their elections, and more efforts are underway in other states to give non-citizens the right to vote. 

[Editors Note: In Chicago, by law, non-U.S. citizens cannot vote or cast a ballot in any local, state or federal election conducted by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.]