Photo ID Voting Requirement Rears Its Partisan Head -- Again
|Robin Carnahan says a photo ID requirement will disenfranchise thousands of voters|
When the U.S. Supreme Court last year upheld a tough Indiana law that mandates government-issued ID's, cries rang out that the decision could keep minorities, poor people and other traditional Democratic supporters from voting.
Now, with the prospect of a razor-tight U.S. Senate race looming on the political horizon between Carnahan and (most likely) Congressman Roy Blunt, the state's top elections official has no use for a proposed state constitutional amendment to require voters to present a state-sanctioned photo ID.
Carnahan does acknowledge that the proposed amendment would provide "free" government-issued photo ID, but says the underlying documents (proof of identity, proof of residency, and so on) can be expensive and difficult to obtain.
This political hot potato is nothing new. In 2006, a version of the photo ID bill was passed in the state legislature. This triggered a class-action suit and the law was overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court two months before the 2006 election.