April 28, 2008
SUPREME COURT (AP) -- The Supreme Court says states can require
voters to produce photo IDs.
In a 6-3 decision, the court has ruled the requirement does not
violate a citizen's constitutional rights.
The high court was considering an Indiana law passed in 2005. It
was backed by the state's Republicans as a way to deter voter
fraud. But Democrats and civil rights groups called it a thinly
veiled effort to discourage elderly, poor and minority voters
those most likely to lack proper ID and who tend to vote for
In an opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the law is
"amply justified" by the interest in protecting "the integrity
and reliability of the electoral process."
More than 20 states require some form of identification at the
Courts have upheld those laws in three states, but struck
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