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League of Women Voters, Missouri NAACP head to trial Friday over voter ID law


On Friday, the League of Women Voters and the Missouri NAACP lawsuit against the state of Missouri will go to trial at 9 a.m. at the Cole County Circuit Courts over the Voter ID law.

The law received pushback from several groups after Governor Mike Parson signed a law in June of 2022 making it mandatory to show ID when going to vote.

In August of the same year, the two groups filed a lawsuit over the law, stating it to be unconstitutional. They say it creates barriers for people who have a difficult time obtaining the limited ID requirement or don't have any ID at all.

However, the court dismissed the case in October of 2022, stating the groups had no standing to sue for its members not affected by the law. The case has since been refiled.

The state is arguing that no one has been turned away from polls due to the law.

Missouri provides free birth certificates and non-driver licenses to people who do not already have one to vote.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 states require a form of identification to vote, with 20 of them asking for photo ID.

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