Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit against the state’s new voter ID law. In a statement, Ashcroft said the certified results of the Aug. 8 special elections in two legislative districts showed that “Missouri’s photo voter ID law works.” The law took effect June 1. Days later, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and the Advancement Project filed a lawsuit in Cole County on behalf of the Missouri NAACP and the League of Women Voters.
The suit argued that Ashcroft’s office wasn’t fully funding the implementation of the law, which was to include “mandated funding for voter education, free voter IDs and birth certificates and training of poll workers.”
… The ACLU of Missouri’s legal director, Tony Rothert, said in a statement: “Results from a few, low-turnout elections this summer does not mean that the state has done its job of adequately educating voters on the new law, or provided the means for people to get their new IDs. The real threat to electoral integrity is that too many eligible voters don’t vote, not that ineligble people are casting votes when they shouldn’t.”