October 13, 2006

Missouri Voter ID Bill Struck Down

As I wrote a couple days ago, 11 million Americans could be restricted from voting by a new federal law that would require every citizen to have either a birth certificate or a passport in order to vote or to get an acceptable form of alternate identification.

The good news is that yesterday, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled that Missouri's photo ID requirement violated the constitution because of the cost of the paperwork. If a poll tax in Missouri is unconstitutional, a federal poll tax can't be any better. You can read more about the decision from the NAACP's report on the case.

Anyone want to start a pool on how long it takes for Republicans to spin attempts at repealing this racist, classist policy as a promotion of 'voter fraud?'

Update: Unfortunately, even though a court struck down a similar law in Georgia, the Georgia elections board is spending taxpayer dollars to send misinformation to voters that may keep many of them away from the polls. Lying, just another sin that's okay if you're a Republican.

Posted by natasha at October 13, 2006 12:25 AM | Civil Liberties | Technorati links |