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No plans to push Missouri voter ID issue this year

Monday, April 28, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Indiana's photo identification law for voters should have no immediate effect on Missouri.

Missouri's Republican-led government enacted a photo ID law similar to Indiana's in 2006. But the Missouri law was struck down that same year by the state Supreme Court.

Democratic attorney Don Downing led the challenge against it. Because the Missouri ruling was based on the state constitution, he says it should not be affected by Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling based on the federal constitution.

Republican House member Stanley Cox had proposed a new amendment allowing a photo ID requirement in Missouri. But the legislative session ends May 16, and Cox says it's too late to pass it.

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