Judge Rules on Missouri voter photo ID

A Circuit Court judge has ruled recently that Missouri election officials can no longer tell voters that a photo ID is required to cast a ballot. With the Nov. 6 election less than a month away, Senior Judge Richard Callahan ordered Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office to revamp how the office explains voting law requirements because voters have other options they can use to vote without a picture ID. The ruling states that election officials may not require voters who are “otherwise qualified to cast a regular ballot” to sign a sworn statement if they don’t have one of the kinds of photo ID lawmakers included in the new law. The ruling, which keeps the law intact, comes in response to a lawsuit filed in June by critics who called the law unconstitutional. I’m Karen Johnson.