Voter ID law struck down
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Voter ID law struck down

Date: October 16, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Democrats are calling it a "great day" for Missouri voters. Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state Capitol.

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In a 6-1 unsigned decision, Missouri's Supreme Court ruled the voter ID law unconstitutional.

The law, which would have required voters to show a government issued photo ID to be able to vote, has been called a poll tax by some democrats.

House Democratic Leader Jeff Harris said that it was a great day for Missouri voters.

 

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Description: "This bill did nothing to address fraud but it did everything to make it harder to vote.  We need to make it harder to cheat and easier to vote and this bill did just the opposite."
 
The law's sponsor, Senator Delbert Scott, says he plans to tackle the issue and the court's suggestions for the law in the spring session.
 
In the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo. 
 
 


 


Intro: Voter ID is unconstitutional, says the Missouri Supreme Court. Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state Capitol.

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The Court struck down the new law which requires voters to show a photo ID to be able to vote. 

So far more than two-thousand free non-driver's-licenses have been issued in preparation for elections this November.

Senator Delbert Scott sponsored the law in the last legislative session. He cited recent fraudulent voter registration in St. Louis as just another reason to have such a law.

 
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Description: "It's another reminder that people try to cheat in elections and we just feel strongly that the Voter ID helps curb that cheating.  And we'll come back in the next legislative session and address the issues the Court brought forward and hopefully by the 2008 election we can have it underway."

The Department of Revenue says there's no word yet on just how much the endeavor has cost thus far. 

In the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.