High Court Hears Voter ID Case Tomorrow

The most important voting story tomorrow won't be who won the New Hampshire primary. No, the big event will be unfolding at the Supreme Court.

Tomorrow the high court will be hearing Crawford v. Marion County, the ACLU's challenge to Indiana's most-restrictive-in-the-nation voter ID law. This 2005 law requires voters to present a government-issued ID to vote in federal, state and local elections. Voters without identification may vote with a provisional ballot, which is counted only if the voter travels to a circuit court or county election board to prove his or her identity within 10 days of the election. In effect, the law could deny the right to vote of thousands of Indiana's registered voters who do not have, and, in many instances, cannot obtain the limited identification that Indiana will accept for voting.

Voter ID laws like Indiana's are fundamentally flawed, and disproportionately deny the voting rights of eligible voters who happen to be poor, disabled, elderly or minorities.

Over 20 states have similar voter ID laws and more states are considering such restrictions. The court's decision on the constitutionality of these laws will have broad national significance with this year's presidential election.

We saw in the 2000 presidential race how the disenfranchisement of thousands of Floridians compromised the nation's confidence in the election's integrity. Here's hoping the high court will protect voting rights, unfettered.

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steve charles

october 8 2009

can a local city government (washington indiana) force a person to sign a form stating that you requested and recieved a copy of a city public records? (documented)

ie; our new mayor, larry haag is now keeping track of who requests public records. (documented) is this legal?

also, our new mayor, larry haag has been found since january 2009 to mis-use tax payers money (fraud) in numerous different ways. (documented)

a former complaint has been submitted to the F.B.I. for investigation. but no word from them yet.(documented)

a petition is being circulated locally to impeach mayor larry haag for un-fairly terminating city employees, and for calling our police officers obscene names.(documented)

can you help?

steve a. charles
214 n.w. 6th.st.
washington indiana 47501

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