Missouri judge rules officials can't tell voters photo ID required to cast ballot

Missouri judge rules officials can't tell voters photo ID required to cast ballot
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A Missouri judge on Tuesday ruled that state election officials can no longer spread materials that indicate voters must provide a photo ID in order to cast a ballot, Reuters reported.

The news outlet reported that Judge Richard Callahan, who sits on the Cole County Circuit Court, ruled that the materials must also specify other forms of identifications that voters can show. He additionally wrote that state authorities can't require people who are otherwise qualified to vote to sign a sworn statement.

The ruling effectively blocked a portion of Missouri's voter identification law one month before November's midterm elections. 

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Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC that filed the lawsuit in June, hailed the ruling as a win for voting rights, Reuters reported.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who administers state elections, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a statement that his office was "pleased the court found that the voter ID law is constitutional, and the judge did not find anyone was prevented from voting."

"We plan to seek a stay and appeal the decision to a higher court, which we believe will overturn the judge’s errors," he added.

The Missouri ruling came the same day that the Supreme Court declined to toss out an appeals court order that allows North Dakota to enforce its voter ID requirement during the 2018 elections.

A group of Native American residents sought to dismiss the order, which requires voters to present identification that includes a current residential street address.

The group argued that the rule disenfranchises a disproportionate share of the Native American population, because many of them live on reservations without standard addresses.