Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Supreme Court to hear voter ID arguments

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments next year on whether voters can be required to show photo identification at the polling booth. The court is expected to decide the cases (Crawford v. Marion County Election Board and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita) by next summer, in plenty of time for the November 2008 elections.

Maryland’s General Assembly has taken up this issue each year since 2005, but the legislation never made it out of committee. (Current law requires voters to state their name and birth date for identification at the polls.)

What do you think: is a photo ID necessary to combat voter fraud? Should the General Assembly take it up for a fourth time, or wait until the Supreme Court rules?

-LIZ FARMER, Legal Affairs Writer


Anonymous said...

What voter fraud?

When the mostly-Republican proponents can demonstrate a problem, (rather than simply spewing their crazed paranoia in a calclulated effort to suppress legitimate voting) then maybe the General Assembly ought to take another look...

Anonymous said...

If the poster above me doesn't believe there is voter fraud, he must also believe in aliens. Of course there is voter fraud, just as there is fraud in every aspect of our lives. If someone can figure out a way to manipulate a system, they will. Unlike the moron who believes that only repiblicans believe in voter fraud, I beleive that it occurs across party lines. Dead people voting? felons voting? Illegal immigrants voting? All examples of voter fraud, and all actual proven events that you asked for Mr. Moron.