The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Indiana’s voter ID law today. The Indiana law requires the use of a government issued photo id at polls. The Court admitted that the law would deter some people from voting because of a present lack of a photo ID. From the opinion:
The Indiana law is not like a poll tax, where on one side is the right to vote and on the other side the state’s interest in defraying the cost of elections or in limiting the franchise to people who really care about voting or in excluding poor people or in discouraging people who are black. The purpose of the Indiana law is to reduce voting fraud, and voting fraud impairs the right of legitimate voters to vote by diluting their votes — dilution being recognized to be an impairment of the right to vote.
Judge Evans, dissenting, wrote:
Let’s not beat around the bush: The Indiana voter photo ID law is a not-too-thinly-veiled attempt to discourage election-day turnout by certain folks believed to skew Democratic. We should subject this law to strict scrutiny—or at least, in the wake of Burdick v. Takushi, 504 U.S. 428 (1992), something akin to “strict scrutiny light”—and strike it down as an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote.
The case is William Crawford v. Marion County Elec. Bd, ___ WL ____ (7th Cir., 2007).