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Supreme Court Looks at Voter ID Law

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By Admin on January 09, 2008 11:13 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in a challenge to an Indiana law that requires citizens to present a valid state identification card or U.S. passport in order to vote. According to the Associated Press, "Democrats and civil rights groups challenging the law as unconstitutional call 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." The Los Angeles Times reports that, during questioning of the attorneys during oral arguments, the justices seemed to suggest that the measure would have little impact: "Justice Anthony M. Kennedy characterized the law as posing only 'a minor inconvenience' to a small percentage of voters." The Court is expected to issue a ruling in the case before recessing at the end of June.

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