Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.

In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.

It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. But the voter ID ruling lacked the conservative-liberal split that marked the 2000 case.

The law “is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting ‘the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,'” Justice John Paul Stevens said in an opinion that was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. Stevens was a dissenter in Bush v. Gore in 2000.

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also agreed with the outcome, but wrote separately.

Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented, just as they did in 2000.

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2 thoughts on “Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

  1. I cant believe it!!! They did some thing right!!! WOW bet obama is not happy with this!!! Obama will get holder to say supreme court made a mistake and will create a new law to try and stop the photo ID!!! The anointed one lost this battle. NOW if only the Supreme Court will uphold the Constitution…..

  2. Finally, something Good has come from the USSC ! Now, if They just Uphold Our Constitution, America will be Returning to what Our Founders Believed In !

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