Voting rights advocates and the state’s top election official celebrated the inaction on the amendment.
“It’s a victory for voters’ rights,” Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, said. “This debate has been about ensuring fair elections, and elections cannot be fair if eligible voters are not allowed to make their voice heard on Election Day.”
Michael Slater, deputy director of Project Vote, which campaigned against the measure, said the resistance to the measure was unprecedented.
“Small-city papers like The Joplin Globe and The St. Joseph News-Press opined against the voter ID rules, along with The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch,” Mr. Slater said. “You rarely see pressure move this fast or this effectively.”
Friday, May 16, 2008
Session ends without Voter ID legislation
Missouri legislators who were pushing the unnecessary Voter ID amendment ran out of time today so we are safe for the time being from this attempt to stop phantom illegal immigrants from voting in state elections: