Thursday, April 21, 2016

From Oyez: Crawford v. Marion County Election Board

For 2306 - in 2008 the Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter ID laws.

- Click here for the page.

The result:

By a vote of 6 to 3, the Court upheld the law, concluding that the photo I.D. requirement was closely related to Indiana's legitimate state interests in preventing voter fraud. The slight burden the law imposed on voters' rights did not outweigh these interests, which the Court characterized as "neutral and nondiscriminatory." Although there was no majority opinion, the Court's decision included concurring opinions written by Justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia. Justices David Souter and Stephen Breyer each wrote dissenting opinions. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Souter's dissent.

The court has yet to rule in Texas' voter ID laws, though they have allowed it to be used while the case proceeds.

- Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election.

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