Proving Who You Are: The Legal Battle Over Voter ID Laws

Source: Myrna Pérez, Jerry H. Goldfeder, Brennan Center for Justice, June 4, 2014

In recent months, federal and state courts throughout the country have been weighing in on the validity of voter ID laws. In the seminal voter ID case, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, a 2008 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to enjoin Indiana’s voter ID law. Recent cases, however, have differed in their outcomes. Indeed, the more recent decisions seem to be trending against harsh voter ID laws—but, as they say, the jury is still out….