Supreme Court Ruling in Indiana Voter ID Case

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April 28, 2008 (NEW YORK) - Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law, is available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down today in an Indiana case that explored whether voter-identification laws act as an unfair barrier to prevent low-income people and minorities from voting. The case is Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.
Nathaniel Persily, Professor of Law, can be reached on his cell at 917-570-3223 or at [email protected].
Persily: “The Supreme Court's fractured decision today upholding Indiana's voter ID law will be seen by some as a typically incomprehensible multivoiced pronouncement from this divided court. However, six justices vote to reject the constitutional challenge to the ID law and their language will give legislatures -- particularly Republican dominated ones who have passed similar laws -- great latitude in requiring voter ID at the polls.
“This is a huge victory for defenders of such laws and the effect of the loss for critics will begin to be felt next week when Indiana holds its presidential primary using the voter ID law the Court has just upheld.”
Nathaniel Persily is a Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School. Later this week the Harvard Law Review will publish his article “Voter Fraud in the Eye of the Beholder,” which is the first-ever empirical analysis of the effect of voters' perceptions of fraud on voter turnout.
Nathaniel Persily, an expert on voting rights, election law, constitutional law, and American politics, has been a court-appointed expert for redistricting cases in Georgia, Maryland and New York, and has served as an expert witness or outside counsel in similar cases in California and Florida. He has an upcoming book on the Supreme Court.
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