In 2007, a time of terrorism and identity theft, no one should be able to vote without showing a photo identification card. That only makes sense, right? But some voting rights activists persuasively argue that because there are costs associated with acquiring a photo ID, such a mandate is an unconstitutional poll tax that disenfranchises voters. There is enough confusion about the issue in state courts around the country that it comes as a relief that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on Indiana’s voter ID law. Given the leanings of the Roberts court, some voter ID opponents aren’t hopeful that justices will see things their way, but the court’s consideration is warranted.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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