Appeals judges OK lawsuit on Missouri voter photo ID funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Appeals court judges say a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new voter photo identification law can proceed.

A Western District Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday undid a lower judge's earlier decision to toss the case, meaning it can move forward.

At issue is a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Missouri NAACP and League of Women Voters alleging that Missouri lawmakers did not budget enough money to implement the new voter ID law. They argued that consequently, it should not be enforced.

The law had required voters lacking valid photo ID to sign a sworn statement and present another form of identification to cast a regular ballot, although another recent court ruling removed the law’s teeth.