Federal lawsuit over voter ID law will proceed

A second lawsuit — challenging a 2023 law banning the use of student IDs as voter ID — is moving forward.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amanda Brailsford rejected a motion to dismiss this federal case, saying the lawsuit raises issues that are “ripe for review.”

March for Our Lives Idaho, a student-led group, and Alliance for Retired Americans, a nonprofit focused on retirees’ civil rights, have said the voter ID law violates the 26th amendment of the Constitution, which says the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged.”

The Legislature passed two related election laws, one banning the use of student IDs, and a second creating a free form of voter ID.

Brailsford’s ruling comes barely a week after Ada County District Judge Samuel Hoagland dismissed a separate lawsuit, which argued the laws violate the state Constitution. Plaintiffs in this case plan to appeal.

More about Wednesday’s federal court ruling from Laura Guido of the Idaho Press.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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