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New Lawsuit Aims to Stop Proposed Photo I.D. Amendment for Missouri Voters

July 07, 2011|Greg Leuthen | KSPR News Producer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A lawsuit is seeking to strike down a proposed constitutional amendment allowing a photo identification mandate for Missouri voters. An attorney backing the lawsuit told says it contends the ballot summary approved by legislators is misleading and asks a judge to block the measure from the 2012 ballot.

Online court records show the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. The Republican-led Legislature earlier this year passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a photo ID mandate and set parameters for a potential early voting period. If voters adopt the amendment, a separate law still would be needed to implement the provisions.

The proposed amendment seeks to get around a 2006 state Supreme Court ruling that declared a previous photo ID law unconstitutional.

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