Oklahoma voter ID challenge dismissed

19th of August 2016

A state district court judge upheld the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s voter identification law, rejecting a legal challenge to the requirement.

Oklahoma’s proof of identity requirement, which was approved in 2010 by 74 percent of the state’s voters, is no barrier to any voter. In addition to government-issued photo IDs, Oklahomans can present non-photo voter identification cards and vote a regular ballot. Voters with no ID can sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot that will be verified later by election officials.

Lawyers for the state argued the law allows voters to cast a ballot without placing an undue burden on those who don’t have a valid ID or choose not to show one. The state also pointed out that every registered voter is given a free voter identification card that satisfies the requirements of the law.

“Thus, there is no circumstance under which a registered voter will not have the opportunity to vote,” lawyers for the Attorney General’s Office argued in a trial brief.

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