Crawford v. Marion County Election Board
- Case Date: 12/10/2007
- Project Name: Protecting America's Freedom: National Security and Defense
On April 28, 2008, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an Indiana law that requires voters to present photo IDs when they come to vote and that is designed to prevent voting by aliens and others ineligible to vote. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging that the law be upheld. The Court agreed with WLF that Indiana legislators were acting properly in adopting measures designed to prevent election fraud. The Court held that the measures did not violate the Constitution by (as the plaintiffs alleged) imposing an undue burden on the right to vote. In the wake of increased interest in election fraud issues, at least five States recently adopted laws requiring voters to present photo IDs when they come to vote. In upholding the Indiana law, the Supreme Court made clear that photo ID laws are not subject to facial challenge. The Court left open the possibility that discrete groups of voters might be able to challenge photo ID laws on an as-applied basis.
More Information and Downloads:
12/10/2007: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Upholds Indiana Law Designed to Prevent Alien Voting