State High Court Hears Arguments on Two Issues
Ellinger said tax supporters didn't properly gather petition signatures because some people who signed didn't file an address change for their voter registration. Supporters disagreed.
"What the tobacco companies are arguing today is, if you move across the street, you're not allowed to sign an initiative petition because your address just changed, and that's just not right," responded Chuck Hatfield, the lawyer for the Committee for a Healthy Future.
The other issue, requiring Missouri residents to show a state identification to vote, led opponents to argue it's unconstitutional because the state won't pay for the IDs.
"When there's a cost to the county and there are no funds appropriated by the legislature, there's a violation of the Hancock Amendment," said Burt Newman, the lawyer for ID opponents.
Supporters argued the cost would be minimal for IDs, which would help stop voter fraud.
"This is to ensure public confidence in our election process that will assure when you cast a vote, you know that it's a lawful, legitimate vote," said Thor Hearne, the lawyer for ID supporters.
The state Supreme Court could decide both issues in the next two weeks.