Statement of Senator Feinstein on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Indiana’s Voter photo-ID requirements
Apr 28 2008
“I am disappointed by this ruling. In recent years, we have seen how important every vote is – not just for local elections – but all the way up to the Presidency. I believe we should be doing everything possible to ensure that everyone who is entitled to vote should be able to vote – and not place insurmountable roadblocks in their way.
Unfortunately, by leaving the Indiana voter photo ID law in place, the Supreme Court has not only imperiled the rights of thousands of vulnerable voters with no ready access to photo IDs, but the court has potentially opened the floodgates to new rounds of similar politically motivated voting laws.
The bottom line is that there is no evidence that in-person vote fraud --- the kind of fraud that would be prevented by voter photo IDs -- is a problem. Yet, voter ID laws create a serious burden for elderly voters, low-income voters, students, and minorities – those whose voting rights we should be seeking to affirm rather than challenge.
I filed an amicus brief opposing this law. I urged the Supreme Court to respect the balance struck in the Help America Vote Act—where there was flexibility in establishing voter identification. As written, Indiana voters may be required to show multiple forms of identification to comply with state laws.
If this law is enforced in a major presidential election, I’m afraid we will see many otherwise qualified voters turned away at the polls. The Supreme Court should be protecting the right to vote, not undermining it.”