April 28th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
12 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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  1. mike

    Hillary Clinton is asking a Democratic suicidal debate !

    Lincoln-Douglas style debate was using in party against party. She is planning to use this to again her own party ! After this kind of debate, John McCain will be the finial winner.

    Her move is very clear, if she did not get the throne, no one, no one can get it in her party.

    She has repeated said, this election is personal. To say it clears, this election is her family's business, not her party's business; this election is her family's business, not our country's business.

    April 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. mcWar

    ===hillary will cheat again===

    April 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Marshall in Nebraska

    Everyone over the age of 18 needs a picture ID. I see no problem with it.

    April 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. kevin from alaska

    Well at least its the Democratic party so each side should be hurt equally... if this were the general election though it would clearly favor McWar.

    April 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Democrat now IND

    well my state you have to show your id. that makes since. Otherwise a 16 or 17 year old could dress up and go vote and that is not right. This makes since to me....

    April 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Mercedes

    I hope that they keep track of who is voting. With Limbaugh and his plans anything can happen. Sorry for those out there that may not have IDs but I think that if people have money for insignificant things than they should have a few dollars for an official state ID. Most states charge less than $20. I am happy with Indiana.

    April 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Paul

    Lincoln-Douglas style debate was using in party against party. She is planning to use this to again her own party ! After this kind of debate, John McCain will be the finial winner.

    Her move is very clear, if she did not get the throne, no one, no one can get it in her party.

    She has repeated said, this election is personal. To say it clears, this election is her family's business, not her party's business; this election is her family's business, not our country's business.

    April 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. AZM

    This is maybe the most rediculous thing I've read in a long time.

    If you can't prove you are eligible to vote... why would they count your vote?

    If you want to vote go get an ID...

    What's amazing is how many people will say this is unfair... why not let any immigrant, canadian, 16 year old, forign visitor, or anyone else for that matter vote in our elections! ID people.... Not a big deal!

    April 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. green, pa

    This law is crap. Its discriminating. I think its going to stop a lot of people from voting in the upcoming primary. I get having to show some sort of ID but why does it have to be a picture ID. I like Pa law that first time voters have to ID with their current address on it and thats all. I think that is fair.

    April 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. GO HILLARY

    this sucks.

    i live in indiana – and it really sucks to be a student b/c they wont let you vote if you dont have something with your address on it – even though you live here 10 months a year.

    ridiculous. disenfranchies voters.

    April 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    Wow... A tough one, but will be good on the long run... Will be a hard for the poor people and the old ones who don't have photo id, kinda short notice.. If people will even know before going voting..
    Not sure if the photo id is enough... will still be a lot of illegals who can vote.

    April 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Mike - Texas

    At least it keeps the dead people from voting.

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Sharon Minnesota

    Isn't that the way it should be. Otherwise, anyone could pose as a resident and skew the election.

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Portland, OR

    There we go again..... handing out yet another pillow for Senator Obama. Why don't we just forget general elections, primaries and just coronate the new born king along with his spiritual advisor. And they can divide the country into two and lead us into the promised land!!!

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Jim in Asheville

    Possessing a legitimate photo ID in order to vote makes good sense. States should also make photo IDs available at low or no cost to those that do not drive or have other forms of photo identification. Reducing voter fraud will initially hurt the Democrats, but everyone will benefit from it in the long term.

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Susan MO

    OMG, Hillary will lose now. How can we cheat now?

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Nikita

    This election process is corrupt like our government and leadership. God Bless America.

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Elisabeth

    "Elderly, poor, and minority voters could be locked out" – Clinton voters!

    April 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Mark VA

    This is interesting. I wonder who this law will benefit the most.

    April 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Takashi kupo

    how is it that people think that a photo id will help them with their election? Is this another ploy of some political tom foolery that shouldn't be touched? Who started it and who ended it CNN? Cause all of those left out seem to be pretty much the demographics of Hillary's base. So I'd be interested if you could find out who started this debacle and why, because it sounds mighty suspicious.

    April 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. carolflowery

    Good, grief, this beats all i have ever seen, is this the first time we have had an election , you would think so, good grief, of course you should have an id

    April 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. tteleman69

    This is exactly what the Bush/Rove/Gonzales Whitehouse wanted. This is why US attorneys were replaced–to bring voter fraud cases where none existed so the GOP could force states to require photo ID to stop nonexistent voter fraud!

    How many Americans will now choose not to jump thru this new hoop to cast their vote. It was hard enough to get most voters to polls before.

    Now the GOP has won the battle and we can only hope that all the new young voters recently registered will outnumber the elderly and poor who will just give up and not vote.

    Thanks to the Bush Supreme Court-first they steal the election in 2000 and now they tell us to "get over it!" as they engineer the takeover of our country again in 2008.

    April 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. candi

    I would think that every state voter had to show some form of ID. Now you are saying that other states didn't comply to that rule? If I am in a wheel chari and can't hardly walk, you would turn me around? That would be a hard case to sell for a voter can't cast their vote with an ID, but everyone have some form of ID and should be listed on the poll roster just like every other state requirement to vote.

    April 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Barb Canada

    Photo ID should be law.....however why not announce it at a time when those who need ID, have the time to get it??? Sounds like those law makers are Obama supporters, and want to disenfranchise those who, they think tend to vote for Hillary!

    April 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Jay

    Primaries of the elite by Hillary's design! She must win by hook of crook. Why now? Why Indiana? Shame on you Hillary.

    April 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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