The Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out the law passed by this year’s legislature requiring voters to have photo identification before they can vote. The court has upheld a lower court ruling saying the law violates the equal protection clause of the state constitution and violates the fundamental right to vote guaranteed by the constitution.
The ruling says voters would have to bear an unconstitutional burden to get the identification required to cast a ballot. The court also held that the costs voters would have to incur to get the identification was a “heavy and substantial burden” on the free exercise of suffrage.
The court ruled 6-1 to throw out the law. [Opinion by Missouri Supreme Court]