Supreme Court OK's Photo ID's To Allow People to Vote

| April 29, 2008 - 9:26 pm

Tags: disability, economically disadvantaged, elderly, poor, vote, voter ID

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday of this week that an Indiana law requiring people who wanted to vote to show a photo ID was constitutional.  I believe this requirement will definitely have a negative impact on the participation of voters who have a disability and the elderly who may find it particularly difficult to get around to a courthouse or other government agency in order to satisfy the stringent new ID requirements.  Also immigrants may feel intimidated by the requirement and may decide not to participate in elections because the photo ID centers may not be accessible to them and they may not have the money to pay for transportation to the center.  In the United States, the greatest democracy in the world, we are seeing how laws that make voter's participation more cumbersome are being sanctioned by the Supreme Court.  I wonder if this is a signal that the highest court is ready to validate a national photo ID for all residents of the United states.  A little erosion here and a little erosion there, and the rights of the individual before the state will be gone before we know it.