WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take on the politically divisive issue of whether state voter ID laws are constitutional.
The justices will review the 7th Circuit’s 2-1 vote upholding an Indiana law requiring voters to show a specific kind of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, before casting a ballot.
The issue often creates rifts along party lines, with proponents on the right and opponents on the left.
“It is exceedingly difficult to maneuver in today’s America without a photo ID (try flying, or even entering a tall building such as the courthouse in which we sit, without one),” wrote Judge Richard Posner, a Ronald Reagan appointee. Posner ruled that Indiana’s law did not place an unconstitutional burden on voters.
Judge Terence Evans, a Bill Clinton appointee, dissented. “Let’s not beat around the bush: The Indiana voter photo ID law is a not-too-thinly veiled attempt to discourage election-day turnout by certain folks believed to skew Democratic,” he wrote.
Indiana’s Republican-led Legislature passed the voter ID law in 2005.
Arguments are scheduled to begin Jan. 9.