Missouri voter ID law challenged in second lawsuit

[JURIST] A group of Missouri voters lacking acceptable identification under a Missouri law [SB 1014 summary; text] that requires voters to show photo IDs at the polls [MO Revenue Dept. backgrounder] filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming the law could keep people from the polls in November. Though the plaintiffs claim they are unable to cast regular ballots in the upcoming elections because of their lack of proper IDs, the new law does allow voters who can't produce IDs to cast provisional ballots that will be checked against signatures in election records.

Last month, Missouri Democratic Party officials filed a class-action lawsuit [JURIST report] seeking a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the law, which was signed by Gov. Matt Blunt [governor's press release] in June. A federal district judge in Georgia recently issued a preliminary injunction [JURIST report] against similar legislation after suggesting that it could discriminate against some voters. AP has more.

 

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