Missouri’s voter photo ID has been struck down by a Jefferson City judge as unconstitutional. Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has found the unconstitutional on several grounds: That it interfered with the free exercise of the right to vote; it was an unconstitutional additional qualification on the right to vote; that it amounted to a poll tax; and that it was an undue burden on the constitutional right to vote. Attorney Don Downing argued against the law, and is pleased with Judge Callahan’s ruling that the law violated several constitutional rights. Downing says he is confident the ruling will withstand any appeals promised by supporters of the law. Republican majorities in the House and Senate pushed the law through over the strong objections of Democrats. The law would require voters to display a photo ID to cast ballots.
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