A federal judge in Wichita has declared Kansas’ Voter-ID law, a law that requires proof of citizenship, constitutional. What’s more, the judge has ordered the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to change the registration forms to reflect the requirement for documentation, proof of citizenship. The EAC has refused to change the form which does not have the requirement for proof of citizenship. The judicial order stated that the EAC does not have the statutory right to refuse to change the form when requested by the states.
The judge said the Constitution gives states the power to determine voter qualifications, and if states want to insist on proof of citizenship, the election commission cannot overrule them.
“The EAC’s nondiscretionary duty is to perform the ministerial function of updating the instructions to reflect each state’s laws,” Judge Melgren ruled in a decision out of Kansas. “The court orders the EAC to add the language requested by Arizona and Kansas to the state-specific instructions of the federal mail voter registration form immediately.”
A spokesman for the EAC said the commission was reviewing the decision. The Justice Department, which argued the case before Judge Melgren, didn’t return a message seeking comment. — The Washington Times.
The Missouri House on Thursday [February 27, 2014] approved measures to require photo identification, but the changes to the state’s constitution require approval by voters. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said he would like to put the issue to a vote of the people.
Proponents of a requirement that voters present a photo ID or cast a provisional ballot argue it will increase the integrity of the election process. Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, sponsored the constitutional amendment.
“We deserve the protection of photo identification at the moment the vote is cast,” Cox said. — St. Louis Today.
Opponents in each of these three cases claim that requiring ID, either a photo-ID or proof of citizenship, is an impediment and a form of discrimination. That is a facetious argument because many other entities, from government to merchandisers, require some form of photo-ID to conduct business—a fact opponents continually ignore.
The basis of this ruling, according to US District Judge Eric F. Melgren, was the US Constitution. “The judge said the Constitution gives states the power to determine voter qualifications, and if states want to insist on proof of citizenship, the election commission cannot overrule them.”