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ACLU and Missouri Voter Protection Coalition File Lawsuit Challenging New Voter ID Law | Elections

JEFFERSON CITY — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition have filed a supplemental lawsuit against the state and Secretary of State John Ashcroft challenging the voter identification requirements of the House Bill 1878.

This is the second lawsuit filed to challenge the state’s new voter ID law. The Missouri NAACP and the League of Women Voters, among other groups, filed a lawsuit Monday to stop the law they say will also limit voter engagement work.

The bill is scheduled to take effect Aug. 28 and will eliminate the ID forms that Missouri residents currently rely on to verify their identity at the polls. Two affected Missouri voters are also on trial, along with the NAACP and the League of Women Voters.

Rene Powell is a resident of middle Missouri and is on trial. Due to epilepsy and mobility issues, she does not have a driver’s license as she cannot drive, according to a press release. youUnder the new restrictions, she will have to arrange transportation to get to the DMV to renew her driver’s license in order to vote.

Kimberly Morgan is an eastern Missouri resident who found out her name was misspelled on a replacement birth certificate after receiving state-issued identification, according to the statement. In the past, she used her voter card, but with the new restrictions, she will not be able to vote with the voter card.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure that the rights of Missouri voters are restored and everyone can have their vote counted,” said Nimrod Chapel, Jr., president of the State Conference of Missouri. Missouri from the NAACP.