The Constitutionality of Requiring Photo Identification for Voting: An Analysis of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board

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In a splintered decision issued in April 2008, the Supreme Court upheld an Indiana statute requiring identification for voting, determining that lower courts had correctly decided that the evidence in the record was insufficient to support a facial attack on the constitutionality of the law. Written by Justice Stevens, the lead opinion in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board finds that the law imposes only "a limited burden on voters' rights," which is justified by state interests.

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Whitaker, L. Paige May 19, 2008.

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In a splintered decision issued in April 2008, the Supreme Court upheld an Indiana statute requiring identification for voting, determining that lower courts had correctly decided that the evidence in the record was insufficient to support a facial attack on the constitutionality of the law. Written by Justice Stevens, the lead opinion in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board finds that the law imposes only "a limited burden on voters' rights," which is justified by state interests.

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Whitaker, L. Paige. The Constitutionality of Requiring Photo Identification for Voting: An Analysis of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, report, May 19, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10744/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.