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Monday, April 28, 2008

Courts - More on: Supreme Court rejects voter ID law challenge

Maureen Groppe of the Indianapolis Star Washington Bureau has this coverage of today's voter ID decision. Sylvia Smith, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Washington editor, has this report.

David Stout of the NY Times has this article this afternoon. Robert Barnes of the Washington Post has this story. David Savage of the LA Times reports here.

Ben Adller of Politico has a story headlined: "Activists: Ruling hurts youth voters." Some quotes:

In Indiana, voters must present a government-issued photo identification card with the one’s current address at the voting booth.

Young people, because they move residences frequently, are less likely to have such an ID. For instance, Rock the Vote’s February poll of 18-29 year olds found that 19 percent of respondents did not have a photo ID with their current address on it.

Student voting-rights activists had hoped that the Indiana law would allow a broader spectrum of identification cards, including student IDs, to meet the requirement. But many schools’ identification cards will not qualify.

“Student identification from a private university in Indiana is not an acceptable form of identification,” explained Tova Wang, Common Cause’s vice president for research. “It’s now been reported that public universities like Ball State and Purdue won’t be able to use IDs because they don’t have expiration dates, which are required,” she added. * * *

Other youth activists point out that many young people do not have driver’s licenses. “This will particularly affect young voters in larger cities who do not have cars,” B. Lee Drake, southwest regional director of the College Democrats of America, wrote in an email. “In addition to making it more difficult for younger people to vote, this also adversely affects the poorer members of Indiana communities who don’t have photo ID.”

In Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, nearly three-quarters of African Americans and fully two-thirds of Hispanics aged 18 to 24 did not have a valid driver’s license.

Here is the ILB's entry from earlier today.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 28, 2008 04:14 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions