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Missouri: Proposed Photo ID Legislation Failed PDF  | Print |  Email
By Missourians for Fair Elections   
May 16, 2008
Constitutional Change to Restrict Voting Rights Faced Groundswell of Opposition from Across the State

In a victory for all voters, Missouri lawmakers ended this year’s legislative session without a final vote on legislation that could have prevented up to 240,000 Missourians from voting. The proposed change would have altered Missouri’s constitution, allowing for strict citizenship and government-issued photo ID requirements that would make Missouri one of the toughest states in the country for eligible, law-abiding citizens to register to vote or cast a ballot.

“I am relieved that I will be able to vote this fall,” said Lillie Lewis, a St. Louis city resident, “I’ve been voting in every election since I can remember, but if I needed my birth certificate, that would be the end of that. I hope this is the last we hear of this nonsense.” Lillie Lewis was born in Mississippi, but the state sent her a letter stating they have no record of her birth.

Birdell Owen, a Missouri resident who was displaced by hurricane Katrina, also voiced her relief. “I should be able to participate in my democracy,” she said, “even if Louisiana can’t get me a copy of my birth certificate. I’m glad Missouri politicians had the sense to protect my right to vote.”
House Testimony of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan PDF  | Print |  Email
By Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan   
April 18, 2007
The following written testimony was submitted to a hearing of the Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee on April 18, 2007

As the chief election official for the state of Missouri, it is my job to help ensure fair and accurate elections.   Today, I’d like to share with you information on election administration in 2006 in Missouri – a year of many changes.

By all accounts, the 2006 elections in Missouri were fair, accurate and secure.  In November, over two million voters, or 53 percent of Missouri’s eligible voters, cast a ballot.  In most areas, elections were smooth and efficient as well.   This is particularly noteworthy because of the many federal law changes that were implemented for the first time in this election.  

In Missouri, all elections are actually run at the local level, and we have 116 separate election jurisdictions in the state.  So, the credit for this success is due to the hard work and dedication of Missouri’s local election officials, their staff and our dedicated poll workers.  

To document what happened in the election, my office drafted and released to the public a report called “Voters First: An Examination of the 2006 Midterm Election in Missouri”. This report provided an examination of both the successes and the issues that voters and election officials encountered on and around Election Day.
Voter ID: The Missouri Supreme Court Evaluates Legislative "Foresight" PDF  | Print |  Email
By Bob Bauer   
October 17, 2006

This commentary was posted on Bob Bauer's Blog. It is reposted here with permission of the author.


The Supreme Court of Missouri yesterday invalidated, on state constitutional grounds, a voter identification law, and the power of the analysis lay in its simplicity and clarity. Weinschenk v. Missouri, Case No. SC88039. Approved government identifications, if not already (as in the case of a driver’s license) possessed, may be acquired only with effort and expense that fall proportionately on those least able to bear them. The Missouri legislature was prepared to put people to this trouble for no well documented reason. Any fraud reasonably anticipated, such as absentee vote fraud, would be unaddressed by the ID requirement; and there was indeed no proof that voter impersonation, the only justification for this requirement, had become a problem in the State of Missouri.


The dissent was provided by a judge named Limbaugh, and its clarity was no less telling.  His primary complaint was that the law provided a transitional period when voters without ID could still vote provisionally, so long as they had could provide of one of the more numerous types of ID permissible under the predecessor statute. Only with the passage of the transitional period, he ruled, would the new ID requirements be ripe for review. 

Missouri: Another Defeat For Voter ID Requirements PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
September 17, 2006

Download the complete ruling here.


In another resounding defeat for efforts to require voters to present photo identification at the polls, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled on Thursday that Missouri's new voter identification law (SB 1014) is an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote. Callahan ruled that the law was an unconstitutional burden on voters because the paperwork required to get those IDs is not free.

While agreeing that a photo ID requirement is not a burden for most of society, he wrote in his ruling “for the elderly, the poor, the under-educated, or otherwise disadvantaged, the burden can be great if not insurmountable, and it is those very people outside the mainstream of society who are the least equipped to bear the costs or navigate the many bureaucracies necessary to obtain the required documentation."

Thousands Will Be Disenfranchised By Missouri's New Photo ID Law PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
August 29, 2006

While estimates vary on the precise number of eligible Missouri voters that will be disenfranchised under Missouri’s new photo identification requirements, there seems little question that thousands will be effected. Earlier this year, Missouri joined Georgia and Indiana in requiring photo identification in order to have one's vote counted.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan initially estimated that the number of eligble voters lacking the required ID would be 240,000. A recent o Associated Press article suggests that this number may be slightly high, with a more accurate number being 170,000. Either way, that’s plenty of dienfranchisement. There has been no evidence of any significant "voter fraud" that photo ID requirements like Missouri's are indended to curb - certainly nothing to justify denying the right to vote to thousands of eligible citizens.

The new law is being challenged by the Missouri ACLU (Jackson County v. State of Missouri), and there is also a motion for a preliminary injunction pending. A provision of the state constitution, the Hancock Amendment, prohibits the imposition of financial burdens on counties without state funding and the ACLU is arguing that the State of Missouri has imposed an unfunded mandate on Missouri counties by requiring voter ID.

According to the Kansas City Star, minimal efforts are being undertaken by the Department of Revenue to provide necessary identification for disabled and elederly voters, but there seems little doubt that thousands of eligible voters will be turned away from the polls. Of course, they can still vote absentee, which requires no identification at all.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Missouri's Photo ID Voting Law PDF  | Print |  Email
By ACLU Press Release   
August 18, 2006
Law Violates Missouri Constitution and Disenfranchises Thousands of Missouri Voters

Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court challenging a new law that requires Missouri's voters to present state-issued photo identification cards at the polls in order to be eligible to vote.

"Our overall concern is that the new law will exclude people who want to vote, who deserve to vote, and are qualified to vote," said Brett Shirk, Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. "The Supreme Court has held that a state cannot value one person's vote over another and, unfortunately, that is exactly what this law will do."

According to ACLU officials, the voter identification law is unconstitutional because it will place unreasonable financial burdens on taxpayers. Because of the cost, thousands of Missouri voters will be unable to secure the extensive documentation needed to qualify for the newly required ID card.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed the Photo ID bill into law June 14, 2006, over the objection of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Carnahan's office informed Blunt that it would be financially impossible to implement the proposed changes in time to preserve the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Missouri voters. In a letter to the Governor, Carnahan asked Blunt to call a special session of the state legislature to allocate funds to ensure that voting rights were preserved. Governor Blunt refused Carnahan's request and signed the law.
Missouri: Second Lawsuit Filed Against Voter ID Law PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
August 06, 2006

A lawsuit has been filed in Cole County Circuit Court seeking a preliminary injunction to block implementation of a new state law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification. The plaintiffs argue that the new requirements could discourage or prevent people from voting in November.

The suit was filed by a group of individuals who do not have photo identification cards. Don Downing (pcitured at right), a St. Louis-based lawyer representing the plaintiffs was quoted in a Columbia Tribune article "There are a lot of people adversely affected if this law is allowed to go into effect. They include the poor, elderly, handicapped and women." Under current law, voters can use other forms of identification, such as college IDs, a copy of a utility bill or a bank statement as well as cards issued by local election authorities.

The lawsuit contends that "This requirement imposes an unnecessary, unauthorized and undue burden on the fundamental right to vote of at least 170,000 registered Missouri voters who do not currently possess a photo ID." A separate lawsuit was filed last month, Democrats in St. Louis and Kansas City filed a lawsuit claiming the law unconstitutionally imposes costs on local governments without providing state funding.

Missouri: Amidst Intense Last-Minute Drama, St. Louis County Rejects Diebold PDF  | Print |  Email
By Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog   
December 22, 2005
Citizen Activists, Increasing Concerns about Diebold Security, Company Integrity Said to Have Been Key to Decision

ALSO: FOIA Requests Filed About Closed-Door Hearings, Concerns Emerge About ES&S, the Company Chosen Instead of Diebold, and a Diebold Lobbyist Reportedly Inquires About BRAD BLOG...And FAMILY!!!

This article appeared originally on The Brad Blog. It is reposted with permission of the author.

Add St. Louis County to the growing list of Elections Boards around the country who have now rejected Diebold, Inc. voting machines in the last-minute scramble to select new election hardware prior to the Jan. 1, 2006 Help America Vote Act deadline to have such "upgrades" paid for with Federal tax dollars.

The bad news for the once-great, now-disgraced Diebold, Inc. (stock symbol: DBD) of North Canton, Ohio, comes as the latest blow in a growing string of disappointments for the company which last week saw the resignation of it's CEO, the filing of several Class Action Securities Fraud lawsuits and the devasting revelation that their voting machines can be easily hacked allowing the results of Diebold elections to be completely reversed.

The loss of the contract in St. Louis County, who chose to go instead with Election Systems and Software, Inc. (ES&S), is estimated by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to be at least $9.6 million.

The last minute decision came amidst intense lobbying by both citizen's election integrity advocacy groups and paid Diebold lobbyists, at least one of whom was reported to have been inquiring about both The BRAD BLOG itself and the financial background of the father of yours truly!
Missouri: Clerks Cite Hurdles in Updating Voter Rolls PDF  | Print |  Email
By Susan Redden, Globe Staff Writer   
December 14, 2005
This article appeared in The Joplin Globe.

Federal department suing state over inaccuracies

They acknowledge the problem, but some county clerks in the area are scratching their heads in the wake of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit arguing that Missouri must do more to purge voter rolls of the names of people who have died or moved.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges voting laws have been violated in Missouri because people who have moved or died may still be eligible to vote because of inaccurate and inflated registration rolls.

"I don't think they're reading their own statutes," said Ron Mosbaugh, Jasper County clerk. "We have to follow federal law when we remove people from the voter rolls."

Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, agreed.

"The federal government made the law that you have to keep people on the rolls for so long and jump through hoops to take them off, and with the way the law is written, we err on the side of caution," he said.
Testimony to the Kansas City Election Board PDF  | Print |  Email
By Tom Klammer, Kanasas City MO   
November 02, 2005
Originally Posted at KCINdyMedia,org.

Despite major problems and concerns with electronic voting, the KCEB seems headed toward buying e-voting machines. On October 20th the KCEB held a hearing. No local media was in attendance - except for me, a KKFI volunteer.

Thomas Paine wrote at this nation's founding, "The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery."

My name is Tom Klammer. I live in Kansas City Missouri and work for pay as a computer draftsman, and I work for passion on community radio with the nome de plume, if you will, of Albert.

In working on community radio, I have had occasion to do several interviews about electronic voting, and have done a great deal of reading in preparing for those interviews. In that reading I have, as would anyone who would take the time to do a bit of research, found a huge amount of information that raises very serious questions about the electronic voting systems that have been adopted by election boards around the country. Early on I thought optical scanning systems of pencil marked ballots might be a good compromise of technology and recountable paper systems, but after the 2004 elections I see that many of the most questionable results seem to come from those systems. The scanning software had to be trusted, and in my view there is no basis for that trust.
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