Monday, April 28, 2008

Supreme Court Upholds Voter Photo ID Law

Today, by a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that states could demand that voters show photo identification before casting a ballot. The ruling allows the state of Indiana to require the ID's in its statewide primary next week,and gives most state legislatures time to revise their voter laws for the November general elections.

On the minority side? Breyer, Ginsberg and Souter of you even need to ask?

Chief among the concerns of those opposing the Indiana law in question were that the Democratic party might be severely hampered in voter fraud utilizing illegal aliens uhh...that the poor, elderly and minorities would be adversely impacted:

Liberal activists claim such measures help Republican candidates by keeping away many voters who might be inclined to vote Democratic, a charge state and national GOP leaders strongly deny.

Lawyers presented conflicting data on just how many voters would be affected. Democrats said as many as 400,000 people in Indiana do not have the required identification to vote, while state officials countered the number was fewer than 25,000, perhaps only several thousand.

The justices were well aware of the political stakes involved. During oral arguments in January, Scalia wondered why the Democrats were the ones filing the lawsuit, saying it should have been individual voters who may have been directly harmed by the law. His questioning suggested he thought this was more about politics than the law.

Of course it is!

By the way, in case any of you were wondering, this is the real reason why so many Democrats favor giving illegal aliens driver's licenses.Remember Mr.Bill and the DMV motor-voter legislation,which mandates that anyone obtaining a driver's license be given a voter registration application?

In California,when Governor Arnold Schartznegger briefly considered allowing this provided this was an indication on the license itself that the license was notated so that people could see that it belonged to an `undocumented alien'. The bill's sponsors, legislators Gil Cedillo and Fabio Nunez promptly labeled this as 'racist' Ah-nold vetoed it.

I think the Democrats just lost a few congressional seats.

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