Friday, October 20, 2006
Ariz. Voters to Show Photo ID... THIS time
Seems like a victory... but not quite.
The US Supreme Court has said that the current law requiring Arizona voters to present photo ID cards must be observed this coming election cycle. Voters in Arizona will have to preset a photo ID with their names and addresses on it to be eligible to cast a ballot.
Supreme Court upholds Arizona's photo ID law for elections
That is good. But, the Court did NOT rule to the question of the Constitutionality of requiring a photo ID to vote. They merely said that the lower Court ruling preventing it in Arizona at this time was invalid.
...the court decided that the 9th Circuit made a procedural error by granting an injunction to put the new rules on hold without waiting for the district court to explain its reasons for not granting an injunction.
So, the SCOTUS booted the whole question back to the state courts to rule on the initial Constitutionality of requiring a photo ID to vote. Meaning that the question is not anywhere near settled. The SCOTUS will still have to rule on the issue eventually as it wasn't even directly addressed this time 'found... but at least it wasn't an idea shot down.
We still have a battle ahead of us to institute voter ID requirements nation wide.
The wheels of justice are slow, indeed.