Lawsuit filed against voter identification legislation

Mar 16, 2012

 A lawsuit seeking to block a proposed constitutional amendment regarding voter identification in Missouri was heard today in Jefferson City.

The ballot measure was passed last year by the General Assembly and is scheduled to go before Missouri voters in November.  If approved, it would clear the way for lawmakers to pass enabling legislation to require voters to show photo ID’s at the polls. 

 Tony Rothert is an attorney with the ACLU.  He calls the ballot measure misleading:

“Most blatantly, the summary statement that appears on the ballot would ask voters, ‘shall we adopt the Voter Protection Act?’  There’s no such thing as the Voter Protection Act," said Rothert

GOP Senator Bill Stouffer, who sponsored the ballot measure last year, says the phrase “Voter Protection Act” is just a title added on by the House, and that he’s open to changing it.  Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce will rule on the case later.