Missouri Voter ID Bill Flat Wrong

Posted on February 2, 2016

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Missouri is likely to pass voter ID bill this year because of a Supreme Court decision. Also, this is taking place during an election year, but there is little evidence of voter fraud at the polls.

A wrongheaded Supreme Court decision struck down Congress’ formula for deciding that states must get their election changes “pre-cleared” by the Justice Department or a federal court in the Voting Rights Act.

Never the less, Congress has the responsibility of enforcing the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, that guarantees equal protection of the laws and the 15th Amendment, that prohibits abridgment of the right to vote on account of race.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) said, “About 150,000 registered voters don’t have identifications, and another 70,000 have identifications that have expired…This proposed legislation could keep hundreds of thousands of current Missouri voters from voting, which is not only wrong, but unconstitutional.”

The veto-proof Republican General Assembly can override Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D) veto. If the voter ID bill passes, it certainly will be challenged in the courts.

It is unlikely that Congress will enforce the Constitution’s 14th and 15th Amendments this year. Five states have passed voter ID laws.

If Republicans are troubled by their lack of support in minority communities, they should reconsider their policies and not block access to the ballot box.

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