Saturday, October 21, 2006
Supreme Court Orders Enforcement Of Arizona Voter ID Law
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to overturn a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals order blocking enforcement of Arizona's new voter ID law, citing a procedural error of the Court of Appeals in granting the injunction before the district court had tendered its findings of fact and law and without explaining its ruling. Indiana's voter ID law, which has been upheld by the district court, is on appeal in front of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is important to note that Arizona's voter ID law is written more broadly than Indiana's. It allows a valid photo ID or two other non-photo forms of ID with their name and address, such as a utility bill. Indiana's law requires voters to show a valid driver's license or state-issued photo ID.