Today, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that “states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.” The case concerned Indiana’s voter ID law, the most restrictive in the nation, and comes just one week before the state’s presidential primary. More than 20 states currently require some form of ID at the polls. More on how these voter ID laws disenfranchise Americans here.
Full decision here.
,In their concurring opinion, Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito argued that burdens on voters caused by the voter ID law are “minimal and justified“:
[B]ut for the sake of clarity and finality (as well as adherence to precedent), I prefer to decide these cases on the grounds that petitioners’ premise is irrelevant and that the burden at issue is minimal and justified.
Adam B notes that Justice Stevens acknowledged, “The record contains no evidence of any such fraud actually occurring in Indiana at any time in its history.”