Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Voter ID Upheld 

In Crawford v. Marion County Board, 553 US __ (2008), issued yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Indiana statute that requires voters to show government-issued identification at polling places. Proponents of such state requirements argue that they help reduce voter fraud; opponents argue that such requirements effectively end up disenfranchising otherwise eligible voters who do not possess government-issued ID -- such as some poor, elderly and disabled individuals. The effect of the Indiana statute will be quickly tested in next week's presidential primary. For more about the opinion, see articles in the New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Source: Massachusetts Law Updates Blog

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