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Injunction remains on voter photo ID law

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Friday’s ruling to not require a signed statement to use a non-photo ID could change again before election day, according to a spokesperson from the Missouri Secretary of State office.

Spokesperson Maura Browning said the Secretary of State office had a meeting with Senior Cole County Judge Richard Callahan today about the voter photo identification law.

She said more clarification on what will be required of voters will be released on Tuesday.

ORIGINAL: Voters will not need to sign a statement to use a non-photo ID on election day after a ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Friday’s ruling keeps an injunction in place that was previously put on by a Cole County judge. That injunction was issued earlier this month against a law that would have required voters without a photo ID to sign a statement and show another form of identification.

Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks said the rule change three weeks ahead of election day can create confusion for some voters and poll workers.

“Voters still need to bring the same things they were going to bring before,” he said.

A Missouri Driver’s License, U.S. Passport and Military ID are all acceptable forms of voter ID.

With Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, the following IDs are acceptable without the needing to sign a statement, these include a voter registration card, birth certificate, social security card, state college or university ID.

A utility bill, bank statement or paycheck with your current name and address are also acceptable forms of ID for election day.

Burks said if you’re registered to vote and don’t have any form of identification, there is a process to allow you to still vote.

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