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. Carlos from Illinois

    Why has Hillary not shared that she was once a strong Republican supporter like the rest of her PA family?

    April 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. dean

    Another push towards a mandated National ID. Pure evil

    This will become a common request from our armed government thug masters:

    Paper's Please!

    April 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Paul

    I hope the same law is adopted in all states including NC that is going to poll with IN

    April 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Gis Bun, Montreal, Canada

    Canadians have been showing proper ID for years at any vote. Waiting for the last moment [just weeks before the primary] was not right though.

    Even Iraqis are required to show ID. If they can, why can't the US?

    April 28, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Ohio Voter For Hillary!

    Ohio had NO problems with photo ID!!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. ashley

    Look, if their Supreme Court is backing it and saying its constitutional, then chances are, it was already a law. It'd be better to try to figure out who challenged the law and not who created it. Think about it people.

    Not to mention, it seems both sides think the other side is behind it. Both stand a chance to lose voters. Not just one.

    April 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Eric-PA

    "thousands of elderly, poor, and minority voters could be locked out "

    Hmm, those are Hillary's voting blocks. I wonder if the vote was cast by mainly Obama supporters?

    April 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. reality

    have you heard, republicans are registering and voting for Obama (because there is no need to vote for a republican) and are not really supportive of Obama, just because they know he will loose to McCain. So if you really want a democratic in the White House, you really need to think twice about the strategy

    April 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. joyce

    i still have faith like rev wright said if god wants barack to be president he will be
    keep your faith obama supporters

    April 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. aliou

    The media is ready to tear the country apart for ads dollars. That is the only thing that is going on in this country.

    They are actually telling clinton what to do each time she falls, and take tangential means to revive subjects they have already discussed ad nauseum. Just so they can squeeze more out of the story or non story in some cases.

    April 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. factsarereal

    That is a great step to prevent most old and racist people to affect the results. I am so happy.

    April 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. John

    With or without voter ID law rule,Hillary will win Indiana,by 5-6% points.The N.Carolina is going to tighten up,and will be to close to call,3days before the voting day.

    April 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Everyone should have a picture I.D. whether it's for the purpose of voting or not. Seniors can get a picture I.D. from the motor vehicle division in most states without any cost. This is a big deal about nothing.

    April 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Gal

    I can't believe that every state does NOT have this law, it's absurd. We have 20 million illegals here and we don't have to offer proof to vote? Just ridiculous.

    A state ID is not a hardship. This also does not or should not be claimed to be something to benefit Obama. Ohio has the same law and Clinton won Ohio.

    Go Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Tre

    Hey Barb from Canada, we ask for ID's so you can't be in our politics. Yeah, Obama did it, so Americans can vote. You're an ehdiot, eh?

    April 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. D'Anne


    You should no better than anyone not to judge people based on the actions of a few. Just because you support a candidate does not mean that you speak for their campaign.

    By your reasoning, you yourself shouldn't support anyone because supporters of all candidates can be rude, ignorant, and down right mean.

    April 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Neutral

    I had to bring my driver's license and voter's ID before I was able to cast my vote last Super Tuesday. What's your excuse for not having an ID with your photo in it and VOTER'S ID?

    April 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Life-long voter in Clinton, IN

    I'm more concerned about electronic voting machines that have no paper trail than about IDs. We have optically-scanned paper ballots, satellite voting, and volunteers who help neighbors get to the polls. We had voter registration drives up to the deadline. At least where I live, I see no efforts to disenfranchise anyone with the ID requirement.

    April 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. builder53


    April 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Gail

    What is wrong with having to prove you are who you are to vote? I think it is great. We do that here in Ohio.

    April 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Think about it

    Hillary just wants to ruin Barrack Obama and get McCain elected so she can try again in 2012.

    April 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Last Minute ID

    The lines at the DMV are so long, I'm not sure everyone can get their ID in less than a month. Looks like a mess to me.

    April 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Ian

    Real ID anyone?

    April 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Tammy - KCMO

    this should be a law in all states. with all the voter fraud going on why shouldn't you be required to show an ID. any idiot could see this makes common sense.

    April 28, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. John

    Listening to Howard Dean's speehes allover the place,I think what would disunify the party more, is inserting all these rules before the end of the scheduled primaries! bashing voters from start to the near end is going to bring no unity.We are waiting Dr.Dean.

    April 28, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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