April 28th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
7 years ago

Indiana voter ID law ruled constitutional

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Supreme Court on Monday backed Indiana's law requiring voters to show photo identification, despite concerns thousands of elderly, poor, and minority voters could be locked out of their right to cast ballots.

The 6-3 vote allows Indiana to require the identification when it holds its statewide primary next month.

At issue is whether state laws designed to stem voter fraud end up disenfranchising large groups of Americans who might lack proper documents to prove they are eligible to vote.

The justices wrestled with a balancing test of sorts to ensure both state and individual voter interests were addressed, in what has become a highly partisan legal and political fight.


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Mack

    This voter ID law won't help Obama win the primary. Hillary win win in IND and maye in NC.

    April 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. VC, MD

    Reply to – Obama is not ready yet"

    Yes he is not ready yet to lie, cheat and fool people with bogus experience and phony credentials. Let him wait until he has 35 years of experience. But will that really count if he is not fooling people during those years. I guess you are a good leader only if you can successfully fool people for a long period – 35 years and people still believe in you.

    Go Liar-ry.

    April 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Dorothy

    I am tired of people saying if Obama win the nomination they are going to vote for McCain, What about Obama supporters what make people think if Hillary is nominated we will not do the the same thing,
    Some people seem to think they have the monopoly on voting for others if they candidate is not nominater this is a two way street people

    April 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Well, I guess the ruling will preclude the Clintons from digging up any graveyard votes.

    April 28, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Frank

    Right on, Indiana.

    April 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. John

    Anyone who claims this is some crazy burden on voters is crazy!! Anyone who lives in this country legally should have an I.D. You can't pay with a credit card or check most places if you don't have one. You also need one to fly so are we disenfranchising travelers. Give me a break!

    April 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. jp/michigan

    Id requirements should Be needed, or people can come from any where register to vote and then vote illegally!

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. HP Boston

    Just vote via absentee ballot, no need for a picture ID!!

    Hey no need for polls EVERYONE VOTE ABSENTEE!

    NO MORE EXIT POLLS!

    YIPPIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. THE REAL CHERYL FOR HILLARY!

    THERE IS ENOUGH TIME FOR THEM TO GET AN ID OR WHAT EVER THEY HAVE TO DO!!!!!

    DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO PEOPLE AND VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. THE REAL CHERYL FOR HILLARY!

    HILLARY WILL PREVAIL IN INDIANA!!!!

    THESE ARE HARD WORKING PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHO HAS THE ANSWERS AND THE GUTS TO GET THE JOB DONE!!!!

    HILLARY HAS BEEN AT THIS FOR YEARS AND WOULDN'T BE WHERE SHE IS IF NOT FOR HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION!!!!!
    SHE GETS MY VOTE!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. WHATTHEPEOPLEWANT

    What is the problem with showing ID to vote. This should have been a requirement all along. There are several things you are not allowed to do without some sort of ID like cash a check. What is the problem with this. I don't see any.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Tea Party

    Rut-ro, Raggie! If voters have to start providing a photo ID, this spells DOOM for Democrats. I mean, really... how will all those dead people and illegal aliens vote if they have to produce an ID?

    Anyone who cannot produce the documents to prove legal status should not be voting. Period. Voting is a PRIVILEGE, not a right. The process SHOULD be inconvenient, so that you'll stick it out and take your vote seriously. Anything in life that is too easily obtained won't hold much value and will be regarded in a frivolous manner.

    April 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. El Senor in GA

    ... I'm still trying to figure out why wou wouldn't have an ID...... you need one to drive, you need it to write checks, you need it for a credit card....you need it for a job.........so why are you mad you have to show it to vote?

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Karen

    here in MD you have to present your ID to vote. I believe this is a good safeguard to make sure that the people voting are registered. As for people not being able to get an ID, My mother-in-law is 87 and she has had a state ID forever. Everyone can get an ID it doesn't cost much and it's good to have one. Suppose someone falls ill? or has a heart attack away from home? They can be identified and their family called because they have an ID

    April 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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