Missouri's New Voter ID Law Will Affect August 2017 Elections

KSMU,  June 17, 2017

Two groups have sued Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft in an effort to reverse the photo ID law requirements. Both the Advancement Project and American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of the NAACP and League of Women Voters, respectively, say the voter ID law is a way to discriminate against voters.

During a rally earlier this week, Springfield’s NAACP Vice-President Marlon Graves told the Springfield News-Leader, "The new law is born into the tradition to suppress other people... We look to (Secretary Ashcroft) to implement every effort to make sure that each and every person who is entitled to vote to be allowed to do so with the dignity and respect they deserve."

Judge Jon Beetem, a Cole county circuit judge, denied the plaintiffs' request to temporarily block HB 1631 while he hears the lawsuit against it.

By Charlotte Hatch

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