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Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Photo ID Law for Voters PDF  | Print |  Email
By David Orr, Cook County Illinois Clerk   
April 28, 2008
While today’s Supreme Court decision upholding an Indiana law requiring citizens to possess government-issued photo ID’s to vote surprised few observers, it certainly disappointed those of us who have long championed voting rights for poor, minority and elderly Americans.

The deliberations ignored the reality of election administration: anyone registering to vote must already prove their identity with a birth certificate, passport or similar ID. Indeed, the Indiana law has already disenfranchised citizens with a long history of voting.

Justified with a nod and a wink as a fraud-fighting measure, it was truly designed to make it more difficult for the least privileged to cast ballots. And with the Supreme Court’s complicity, it will do that. It’s a sad day for those of us who believe in free and fair elections, and hence, for all Americans.

David Orr
Cook County Clerk

David Orr is the chief election authority for Cook County, the third largest election jurisdiction in the country. For more information, contact Courtney Greve at 312.502.3267 or
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