Judge Has Issue with Voter ID Ballot Language
April 2, 2012
A Republican-backed voter ID ballot
measure took one on the chin from a Missouri judge
who said the summary statement was "insufficient
and unfair as a matter of law."
The proposed constitutional amendment would require
a Missouri voter to provide a photo ID.
Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce took issue
with the wording of the question on the ballot,
which reads, "Shall the Missouri Constitution
be amended to adopt the Voter Protection Act and
allow the General Assembly to provide by general
law for advance voting prior to election day, voter
photo identification requirements, and voter requirements
based on whether one appears to vote in person or
by absentee ballot?"
Joyce said that even though the phrase "Voter Protection
Act" never appears in the constitutional amendment,
that phrase is on the ballot question.
"Because significant changes are required here and
policy choices may need to be made as to how to reallocate
the words in a revised summary statement, the court chooses
to vacate the summary statement and to provide the General
Assembly an opportunity to revise it," Judge Joyce
Read Judge Cole's ruling here.