Should voters be required to show photo IDs before casting a ballot?
That's a question the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to answer. The high court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether states can require voters to show government-issued photo identification cards. The ruling is expected by the end of June, 2008, and coud have a major effect on the 2008 presidential election.
Indiana, Georgia and Arizona have new photo ID laws, which have been upheld in the last year, while Missouri's law was blocked from taking effect. Indiana Democrats have challenged the requirement, saying it discourages people who usually vote Democratic. Republicans have championed the requirement since 2002 as a means to prevent fraudulent voting.
The Council of State Governments will release an issue brief on state voting requirements at its Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum in November. Visit www.csg.org for the reports.
To learn more about the Supreme Court decision, check out the story on stateline.org.