Even if photo voter I.D. legislation finally passes in the Missouri Legislature this session there may still be court challenges at the federal level. That, from professor of Constitutional Law at Washington University, Greg Magarian. Lawmakers in Jefferson City are currently working on a Voter I.D. law that would require a constitutional amendment and be approved by voters. “That would clear Missouri courts” says Professor Magarian but there would still be questions that the U.S. Supreme Court might raise. “How easy or difficult is it to get a necessary form of I.D., what findings are there about how many people this would effectively block out from voting.” said professor Magarian.
Supporters of a Photo Voter I.D. law in Missouri contend it would help eliminate voter fraud. Opponents claim such a law would disenfranchise a certain group of voters, mainly the elderly, students, poor and people of color.
Professor Magarian says the jury is still out on whether a photo voter I.D. law would effect the demographics at the polling places. The professor says he’s still waiting for data in the 2012 election before drawing any conclusions.