As expected, the Supreme Court this morning upheld Indiana's strict Voter ID law, by a 6-3 vote in the case Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. The law requires voters to present current, government-issued photo IDs, and for those without such IDs, establishes what critics said was an onerous procedure for validating their ballot. Democrats have attacked the law vociferously as a measure to discourage the poor, elderly and minorities, who tend to skew Democratic, from voting.
Justice John Paul Stevens, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony Kennedy said the evidence presented was not sufficient to support a so-called "facial" challenge to the law. Even if the law burdens a few voters, they agreed, that is not enough to invalidate the law. Three other justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. wrote separately to stress that the burden was minimal and justified. The three dissenters were Justices Davis Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. They agreed the burden is substantial and affects certain groups of voters disproportionately.
Reaction is already coming in. At the Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen (who filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers to the law) is predicting that "this opinion will be read as a green light for the enactment of more partisan election laws in an attempt to skew outcomes in close elections." More on the ruling later at LegalTimes.com.