Monthly Archives: January 2020

Court Rejects Photo ID Rules

The Missouri Supreme Court in January permanently struck down a portion of Missouri’s voter ID law.  Election officials will not be allowed to require a photo ID to vote or represent in advertising and materials that a photo ID is required to vote.

In Priorities USA v. Missouri, the court agreed with the trial court’s conclusion that the affidavit portion of Missouri’s voter ID law was “misleading and contradictory” by inferring that a photo ID is required to vote when the law in fact allows voters to vote with non-photo ID.  The court also acknowledged the fundamental nature of the right to vote under the Missouri Constitution, noting that the right to vote and right to equal protection under the Missouri constitution are “even more extensive than those provided by the federal constitution.” 

The injunction that was issued just before the 2018 midterm elections is now permanent.  Voters who present a non-photo ID cannot be asked to sign an affidavit and cast a regular ballot.  And, election officials cannot represent to voters that a photo ID is required to vote. 

The League expects a decision soon in its lawsuit against the Secretary of State on implementation of the voter ID law.

Fight for Fair Maps

The League of Women Voters is working to defend Clean Missouri (Amendment 1). LWVMO President Evelyn Maddox testified against HJR76 and HJR101, saying “Missouri voters do not want to drop Amendment 1’s independent demographer, give political parties more power, hide the data used for the final maps, or set a weaker race equity standard.”

Metro St. Louis Vice President Angie Dunlap told Senators at a Jan. 14 hearing that voters want transparency and fair maps to have a truly representative government. She said, “League members from across the state are very concerned about proposals to override the will of the people who voted for Clean Missouri in 2018.She criticized SJR38 for switching from using total population to draw maps to Citizen Voting Age Population.  That bill could go to the Senate floor on Jan. 29.

LWVMO Secretary Louise Wilkerson said, “Instead of improving our redistricting process after the 2020 Census, SJR38 would give political parties more power and allow an unprecedented level of racial and political gerrymandering.”

NAACP Missouri State Conference President Rod Chapel said, “SJR38 would not just reverse the reforms 62 percent of voters supported, it would drag Missouri even further back with new tricks to make redistricting more partisan, more secretive, and more unfair than ever before, resulting in some of the worst gerrymandering in the nation.”

Sale on 2020 Calendars

The League’s 2020 calendars are now on sale for just $5 each, plus shipping and handling. To order yours, click here.

LWVUS entry in Rose Bowl Parade

LWVUS kicked off 2020’s centennial of women’s suffrage with a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.