MISSOURI RESIDENTS: Immediate Action Item
Updated May 17, 2008 - Please Note: This action item is now finished, and with great success! Thanks to all who participated.
Please ask your state senators to take active steps to defeat HJR 48, the proposed constitutional amendment that could disenfranchise up to 240,000 registered Missouri voters who do not currently have a state-issued photo ID.
This is an URGENT action item, please take action TODAY! Urge your Missouri state senator to defeat HJR 48.
Missouri residents, go HERE to find your state senator using your zip code and the "Legislator Lookup" window on the left side of the page.
For talking points and details from the Brennan Center for Justice, click below...
From the Brennan Center's Myrna Perez, Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law:
Missouri already has a commonsense voter identification law that ensures that eligible voters are who they say they are on Election Day. Additionally, voter impersonation fraud is not a problem in Missouri. In fact, there are NO reported cases of it happening.
Photo IDs would not stop voter registration or absentee ballot fraud (two areas where there have been a few reported incidents). Even if photo IDs are provided free of cost, obtaining the underlying documents needed to prove your identity costs money and can be difficult or impossible to obtain.
No Missourian should be deprived of the right to vote because a government bureaucracy will not provide them a copy of their birth certificate.
Adopting an overly-restrictive, burdensome photo ID law doesn't make sense and is not justified because it risks disenfranchising up to 240,000 registered Missouri voters who don't now have a state-issued photo ID.