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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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Tom Eyemdaman

    Anyone over 18 who is LEGALLY in the country should have a photo ID – what's the big deal about making them required? The only ones who can't provide it SHOULDN'T be voting in the first place!

    April 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Shawn

    So why did the state of Indiana wait until a week before the primary to decide this? Looks like another chip is stacked up against Obama and a Clinton seems to be getting small, insignificant brakes that eventually work in her favor.

    Between the comments that Howard Dean said this morning about the primaries, bitter-gate, sniper-gate, Bill running his mouth, the way the media is antagonizing Obama over this Rev Wright situation, those right-winged conservative radio talk show hosts (Hannity and Limbaugh) are encouraging republicans to re-register as democrats to help Hilary get the nomination, I feel that little by little, the nomination is being taken away from him, everyday and no one is this country feels that all of the rules are being, changed, bent or broken to help the Clinton's steal this nomination away.

    I just hope for the sake of democracy in this country and for the Democratic party, that the end will not end up this way.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Nancy

    Doesn't this freakin country have "voter rules" in place. What's with the "Lets make up the rules as we go so that they help the candidate of our choice. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!! Let me guess; this was Billery's idea. DESPERADO.

    April 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Dem in VA

    I love how the Obama campaign loves to say that the Clinton campaign is using old politics to gain an advantage but when you read the comments for this article, isn't it funny that both "Mike" and "Paul" said the exact same thing. Those 2 people have the exact same thoughts and they used they used the exact same words!!! Hypocracy at its finest!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Chris from San Antonio

    Hooray for Jim Crow laws and everyone that supports them!!

    April 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Jill in Orlando

    If you need a picture ID to get a job, cash a check, buy tobacco or alcohol, or get into an R rated movie, why shouldn't you need a picture ID to vote? Unless you are trying to pose as someone else to cast a vote, not eligible to vote, etc.

    Let's try to get our elections legitimate. This is a start.

    April 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. John, PA

    Kevin fron Alaska said it best, Each Side of The Democrats Will Be Hurt Equally!

    Mainly Hillary's Base of Elderly People!!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. pa voter

    as a first time voter in pa. i had to show a photo id. I had lost my purse shortly before that and had to make sure to replace it. no big deal. if you want to vote, get a photo id.

    April 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. John, PA

    Portland, Or is a racist!!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Lee WV

    Everyone has 8 days to go to their local DNV office and get a photo ID.

    April 28, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Julie

    My state has to show ID before we can vote, I am glad!

    April 28, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. jo

    This should be the policy in every primary. I can't believe Obama got a million votes in pa.

    April 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. John, PA

    The Residents Of Deleware Has this same Law!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. carol wilson

    another hillbill tactic at its best

    April 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. rf

    You have to have a photo id just to use a credit card.....

    Not sure how its descrimination to require one when you decide who the elected leaders of this country should be.

    April 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Debby

    We have to show picture ID in my state and district before they cross off our name when we vote. It might be a state to state rule that maybe some people aren't aware of I don't see the big deal.

    April 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Cammi317

    I think this will benefit Obama. Old, poor and minority (I'm guessing hispanics, not black).....that's Clinton's demo.

    April 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Dan in CO

    What's wrong with having to prove you are who you claim to be and be able to prove that you are qualified to vote?

    The constitution says that a presidential candidate has to be, among other things, 35.

    Is it wrong to ensure that they can prove it?

    April 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Herman LA, CA

    Some of you people really need to get off of these blogs and get a life.

    April 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. therealist

    6 – 3

    i.e..., a no-brainer.

    April 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Diane

    I'm from Texas and have been voting for over 30 years and all during that time I've had to show an id to vote. Folks this is not a new idea coming out of the blue–it's called making sure people aren't breaking rules. Oh, I forgot rules should be broken in the middle of the stream in this election.

    April 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. noble

    OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Iowa Voter

    Here we go again – the court is going to decide for us. What ever happen to free elections? Will be interesting to see who the court is going to favor. Either way, the other side will complain. But it sure looks like it is going to favor the king – Obama.

    April 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Dick, Texas

    Anyone can vote in Texas and have their vote counted. They don't even have to be able to read and write english. We certainly don't know what they look like or if they ar legitimate voters. Apparently we don't care.

    But, if I move and my address does not match what is in the system I will not be allowed to vote. I have to get out of the way and let the illegals behind me in line vote.

    We need Photo ID and legitimate addresses. Not graveyards.

    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Steve

    What is wrong with proving yourself before you pull the level? Voting is one of the most important duties we can perform! Whomever we vote for will affect us for years after that individua leaves office. We better know that the person voting actuall has that right and not a poser! Excellent judgment! Not eligible, you don't vote! Very simple!

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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