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Thursday, May 1, 2008


The U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 upheld an Indiana law that requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls in order to vote. Although the court says the U.S. Constitution doesn’t prohibit states from imposing photo ID requirements, the ruling will have little impact in Missouri, where the state Supreme Court struck down a similar 2006 voter ID law based on the Missouri Constitution.

The Missouri Supreme Court said the state constitution guarantees voting rights for all qualified registered voters and that the General Assembly may not impose additional requirements, such as photo ID, that aren’t constitutionally specified. Republicans have proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate that hurdle to imposing voter photo ID, but the measure’s sponsor, state Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, told The Associated Press he didn’t expect it to get through the legislature and on the ballot this year.


Anonymous said...

Although voter fraud may be an issue. As a Community Health Nurse I work with a number of older adults who were born at home, in rural areas who have no birth certificats. This is also an issue for one of my patients who is a orphan and has no idea what the names of her parents are. If this were to be made in toa law, there needs to be a way to make exceptions for those who can not get birth certificats, which means they can not get photo ID.

Anonymous said...

If you don't have a photo ID in todays world you can't do anything. The state passing the voter ID law and then helping those people who don't have an ID is good for all people involved It prevents voter fraud and helps those who don't have an ID get one. Didn't your orphaned older patient drive or work or participate in normal day to day activities during her life. I know alot of older people and every one of them has a photo ID. It has been shown in past elections there is a problem with voter fraud and people have gone to jail because of it. If this bill will ensure the integrity of the election process then it should go before the voters to decide.If there are a few folks who don't have ID's then they need to get them because those who have their ID's have the right not to have their vote taken away because of voter fraud.