Clergy, Unions Oppose Amendment Six

Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Religious leaders and labor union members are among those knocking on doors across St. Louis this weekend in opposition to the “Amendment 6” ballot question, also known as the Missouri Voter ID constitutional amendment.

At a rally Saturday morning, AFL-CIO state president Mike Louis compared the effort to the Biblical story of David and Goliath, “We can pick up a black marker and a ballot, and we can wrap it. we can sling it. We can hit Goliath right in the eye and knock him down. We can keep our right to vote. We can stop them from taking this away, and everything else they want to take away.”

AFL-CIO executive vice president Tefere Gebre said it’s a fight worth fighting, “Our intention is to expand democracy, not shrink it. We have to do our best to make sure Amendment 6 does not become a real thing.”

Supporters say the amendment to Missouri’s constitution is necessary to preevnt voter fraud.

Opponents, like Rev. Cassandra Gould who came from Jefferson City for the rally, say it would needlessly exclude hundreds of thousands from voting and would come at a cost of millions to implement, “When people realize that it would mean close to 300,000 of their neighbors may not be able to vote, they say no way, we’re with you.”

Jay Hardenbrook from AARP Missouri says the wording is confusing to many seniors who’ve voted for decades, “Amendment 6 would make it so many of our members would not have that right anymore, and definitely could find themselves on election day in the horrible position of committing perjury or giving up their right to vote.”

A Republican majority in both houses of the state legislature voted to place the question on the November 8 ballot.

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