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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-14-06 07:44 PM
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Judge strikes down Missouri voter ID law
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KELLY WIESE
Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A state judge struck down Missouri's new voter identification law Thursday as an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote.

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan was considering two combined lawsuits claiming the requirement that people show a federal or Missouri-issued photo ID at the polls starting in November was an unconstitutional burden on voters.

Callahan's ruling bars the photo ID requirement from being enforced. He said the requirement is a particular burden to women and the poor. That's because a separate Missouri law requires those getting or renewing a driver's license to show they are lawfully in the country, generally with a birth certificate or passport.

Those whose name has changed, such as some married women, also must provide documents showing those changes. While the ID to vote would be free, underlying paperwork has a cost, and the judge said that's unacceptable.

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http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/15519955.htm

Victory for democracy in Missouri!! :woohoo:
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