Show-Me Voter Rights Amid Slap Fight

First a glimpse at the unseemly allegation . . . 

Basically, a lawsuit claims that Missouri Republicans are making it harder to vote. 

Here's a quick rundown of a topic we blogged yesterday but seems to be gaining momentum: 

The bill “prohibits any person other than a government employee from being paid to assist with voter registration,” “requires any person who assists more than 10 voters with registration to register with the Secretary of State as a ‘voter registration solicitor,’” “mandates that only registered voters in the state of Missouri are permitted to assist with voter registration,” and “forbids anyone from suggesting a person should obtain an absentee ballot application.”

The CLC continues and says, “The challenged provisions violate LWVMO’s and Missouri NAACP’s freedom of speech, freedom of association and due process protections enshrined in the Missouri Constitution.” 

Even better . . .

We found this somewhat objective overview that offers a glimpse at Missouri voter protections & risks:

"Republicans scrapped the more legally problematic parts and pushed for a more straightforward law. Earlier this year, it was included in a bill in which Democrats successfully inserted a provision to allow early, in-person voting without an excuse. Barring late court action, the provisions will be in place for the November midterms."

Read more via link . . .

A guide to voter rights in Missouri. What you need to know before you cast a ballot

EDITOR'S NOTE: This page is part of a comprehensive guide to state voting rights across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Much of the fight over voter access in Missouri has taken place in the past 15 years. The state has witnessed repeated battles over attempts to put in place a photo-identification requirement to vote.