Missouri lawmakers propose photo ID requirement to vote

Monday, May 3, 2010 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri woman who successfully challenged a 2006 state law requiring voters to show photo identification is urging lawmakers not to try it again.

Kathleen Weinschenk of Columbia testified Monday before a Senate committee considering a bill that would require a government-issued photo ID to vote.

Weinschenk's lawsuit over the 2006 photo ID law led the Missouri Supreme Court to declare the requirement unconstitutional.

Because of health problems, Weinschenk cannot drive and has trouble speaking and writing. The Supreme Court agreed with her that the costs of getting a state ID card effectively disenfranchised her.

Missouri lawmakers this year are again considering a photo ID requirement. The legislation also creates an early-voting period before elections.


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