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Supreme Court Upholds Indiana Voter ID Law

Last updated on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

(UNDATED) - The US Supreme Court has upheld Indiana’s law requiring voters to show photo ID. A 6-3 Supreme Court says showing a photo ID is a minimal burden that’s outweighed by the interest in ensuring a fair election.

The decision comes eight days before Indiana's primary. Secretary of State Todd Rokita says a ruling the other way would have resulted in "chaos," with no time to retrain 30,000 poll workers statewide who have learned the law as it stands.

Rokita calls the ruling a "big victory." he says he hopes those who challenged the law will invest the same energy in making sure voters know about it, and helping those without driver's licenses get the free ID's available at the BMV.

The state Democratic Party sued over the law, contending properly registered voters might be denied the right to vote. Justice John Paul Stevens and Rokita note the party has yet to produce a case of that happening.

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