The Associated Press: Carded at Polls: No Photo ID, No Vote
Theres the poor, 32-year-old mother of seven who says it would cost her at least $50 to vote in person. Theres also the 92-year-old woman whos voted for decades in the same polling place, but now cant vote there because she let her drivers license expire when her eyesight began to fail.
These folks live in Indiana, home of the countrys most restrictive photo-identification voter law. The U.S. Supreme Court is now scrutinizing whether that statute violates the first and 14th amendments, in the most contentious legal battle over voting since the high court issued a bitterly divided decision eight years ago that stopped Floridas recount and handed the presidency to George W. Bush.
If the law is upheld, voting rights advocates fear it will encourage conservative lawmakers across the country to enact equally restrictive measures. The high courts decision is expected in the summer — leaving time to impact Novembers general election.