Judge blocks portions of Missouri voter photo ID law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has blocked election officials from enforcing parts of a voter photo identification law.

Tuesday's ruling strikes down a requirement that a voter lacking a valid photo ID sign a sworn statement and present some other form of identification in order to cast a regular ballot.

The ruling by Senior Cole County Judge Richard Callahan also prevents the state from advertising that a photo ID is required to vote.

The permanent injunction against portions of the 2016 law comes as voters are preparing for a Nov. 6 election headlined by the race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Attorney General Josh Hawley.

The order didn't directly address whether the secretary of state's office could come up with a new version of the affidavit.

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