April 28, 2008
A Kinder, Gentler Poll Tax

What less can you expect from a court once headed by a GOP hack who got his start by intimidating black and Hispanic voters in Arizona? Rehnquist would be proud of today’s ruling.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.

In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana's strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud…

The case concerned a state law, passed in 2005, that was backed by Republicans as a way to deter voter fraud. Democrats and civil rights groups opposed the law as unconstitutional and called it a thinly veiled effort to discourage elderly, poor and minority voters — those most likely to lack proper ID and who tend to vote for Democrats.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 28, 2008 11:27 AM
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Well, another defeat for civil liberty. We can expect many, many more unless some future Congress gets the balls to impeach these anti-Constitution clowns.

I'm not sure, however, than an ID requirement is any more a discouragement to voting than having to select between 2 candidates who are bought and paid for by the corporations.

Posted by: Charley on April 28, 2008 12:18 PM

The ID requirement further discourages voting by requiring money up front, Charley. Sort of like a poll tax.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on April 28, 2008 3:04 PM

How is preventing voter fraud a defeat for civil liberty? And the Constitution clearly states that each State can determine the means of their own elections so how is that anti-constitution?

And Indiana provides free state ID's so, no it isn't like a poll tax. Wrong again.

Posted by: on April 28, 2008 4:39 PM

It isn't as bad as when I was child in South Carolina, the Warren Court kind of put an end it to that. ......at least not yet. But give the Supremes more rope and enough time and they'll hang us all.

Posted by: Buck on April 28, 2008 6:28 PM

Study after study has shown that voter fraud is a trivial problem (including in Indiana, as the Court noted). Certainly trivial compared to voter suppression, which was widespread in 2000 and 2004, almost always carried out by Republicans and aimed at keeping blacks and Hispanics (except, in the latter case, Cuban Americans) from voting.

Posted by: Nugatory on April 28, 2008 6:32 PM

If the democrats would just stop sending deceased voters to the polls then it wouldn't be a problem anyway. They are still finding ballot boxes in the Chicago river to this day from 1960.

Posted by: on April 28, 2008 8:02 PM

My, they've never required an ID from me when I voted. Perhaps I've always commited voting fraud. I might even have been my mother, or my wife.

Thank God it didn't matter because in Bavaria the Christian Social Union always wins, no matter how hard I try.

Not that their voters are true believers, or even social. They just vote what the preacher tells them from the pulpit on voting day.

Amen.

Posted by: Peter on April 29, 2008 9:56 AM
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