Urgent: MO Photo ID Hearing Tomorrow (Round 2)
Dear Missouri Voter Protection Advocate:
We celebrated and commended the court on Friday for striking down the misleading voter photo ID constitutional amendment that passed in the Missouri legislature last May. The court made the right call in taking the proposal off the November ballot because of its misleading language and disenfranchising effects. Read more here about the court ruling BUT THEN....
Just hours after a court decision striking down Missouri's proposed photo ID ballot initiative and just inches from the final deadline to introduce new legislation, two new resolutions were introduced in the Missouri House late last week designed to circumvent Judge Joyce's ruling last week that Missouri's proposed constitutional amendment ballot language was "insufficient and unfair" and had to be taken off the ballot.
The measures - one (HJR89) proposing a new constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to require both photo ID and proof of citizenship to vote, and one (HCR53) attempting to re-write the measure that Judge Joyce threw out last week, would, if successful, put the measure back on the ballot before voters this November.
Don't let that happen! These measures are moving fast -- and both have just been set for a hearing TOMORROW, APRIL 3, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 5.
CAN YOU MAKE IT? We need you to come tell Rep. Schoeller and members of the House Elections Committee that you won't stand for trying to get around these court decisions. Judge Joyce's ruling last week said it was unfair to call the constitutional amendment a voter protection act in part because the Missouri Supreme Court has already concluded that Photo ID does NOT protect voters. How many times must Missouri courts affirm that photo ID violates voters rights before legislators will listen?
Please contact Denise Lieberman of the Advancement Project (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can testify tomorrow.
Your voices are needed to tell members of the House Elections Committee to stand by the court's rulings and cease these attempts to place measures on the ballot that strip voters of their right to vote.
* WHAT: Hearing on HJR89 and HCR53
* WHO: House Elections Committee
* DATE: Tues. April 3, 2012
* TIME: 8:30 am
* WHERE: House Hearing Room 5
League of Women Voters of Missouri
Phone: 314-961-6869 l Fax: 314-961-8393 l www.lwvmissouri.org
8706 Manchester Road, Ste 104
St. Louis, Missouri 63144-2724