Justices Seemed Inclined to Uphold Voter ID Law
Bump and Update: The New York Times reports that the Justices seemed inclined to uphold voter ID laws.
Original Post (1/9/08):
Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Voter ID Card Cases
The Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments in the Indiana voter identification card cases.
The justices will hear diametrically opposite depictions of Indiana's toughest-in-the-nation voter identification law, which requires every voter to present a photo ID card.
Democrats and civil rights groups charge that the law is a Republican ploy to prevent thousands of poor, elderly and minority citizens from casting ballots. Republicans say that it won't prevent any qualified person from voting. Instead, they say, it guards against vote fraud and heightens public confidence in the integrity of elections.
Background from TChris here.
At 10 a.m., the Court is scheduled to hear argument in the consolidated cases of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (07-21) and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita (07-25), asking whether Indiana’s law requiring voters to show ID at polling places violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
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