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Supreme Court upholds voter ID law in Indiana


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Indiana law that requires voters to display photo identification at the polls.

By a 6-3 vote, the justices said the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Requiring a government-issued photo ID isn't a burden on voters and combats fraud, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority.

The decision left open the possibility for future challenges to voter ID laws. But observers predicted more states would pass similar laws that would be hard to overturn in court.

In a case from Minnesota, the National Congress of American Indians successfully challenged a county's attempt to bar the use of tribal IDs at the polls. Tribal advocates say Indian voters are less likely to have photo IDs.

Get the Story:
High Court Upholds Indiana Law On Voter ID (The Washington Post 4/29)
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In a 6-to-3 Vote, Justices Uphold a Voter ID Law (The New York Times 4/29)
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Decision Is Likely to Spur Voter ID Laws in More States (The New York Times 4/29)

Decision in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board:
Syllabus | Opinion [Stevens] | Concurrence [Scalia] | Dissent [Souter] | Dissent [Breyer]