Supreme Court Upholds Photo Id Law for Voters in Indiana

More than 20 states require some form of identification at the polls. Courts have upheld voter ID laws in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, but struck down Missouri's. (AP)
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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 Democrats.

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 polls. Courts have upheld those laws in three states, but struck down Missouri’s.



 
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