updated: 4/28/2008 12:24:40 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Indiana's voter identification law. Supporters say the measure helps combat voter fraud. Opponents claim it places an extra burden on certain voters. The high court ruled 6-3 in favor of the law, which requires voters to produce a photo ID.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Chief Justice John Roberts along with Justices John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito voted to uphold the law.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and Stephen Breyer were the dissenting votes.
Source: U.S. Supreme Court
(STATEHOUSE) April 28, 2008 — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Indiana’s law requiring voters to provide photo ID at the polls before they can vote.
The law, which passed through the Republican-led Indiana House of Representatives in 2005, seeks to prevent voter fraud. State Rep. Tim Brown led the cause to pass this legislation during the 2005 session and is pleased to see it upheld by today’s ruling.
“This law puts the integrity back into the voter polls,” said Rep. Brown. “With this Supreme Court ruling, we increase and restore voter confidence.
“Someone asking to see identification shouldn’t be a new question for anyone. What may be seen as a minor inconvenience to some will ensure the integrity of our election process, which is to the benefit of all.”
House Republican Leader Brian C. Bosma, who was speaker of the House when the bill was passed, also praised the court’s 6-3 decision.
“Our goal in 2005 was to make sure every vote counts,” Bosma said. “But we wanted to make sure each vote was only counted once. We are thrilled that the Supreme Court agreed with our logic. “This does not take a legal vote away from anyone. In fact, it enhances the progress by assuring that everyone who votes is voting legally.”
Certain groups opposed the law, saying that it infringed upon the rights of certain voters, such as the poor, elderly and those from minority groups. However, the law includes provisions for all citizens to receive a free photo identification card issued by the state if they do not already possess one and exempts individuals living in nursing homes where a polling place is located from the requirement to show a photo ID to vote. The law also exempts those who are opposed to being photographed for religious reasons.
There are more than 20 states that require some form of identification to be presented at the polls.
Source: Office of State Representative Tim Brown