Steve Rosenfeld documents how actual (would-be) voters have been disfranchised in Indiana.
BushCo’s SCOTUS will hear oral arguments on this Jim Crow legislation on Jan. 9.
The Most Important Election Case Since Bush v. Gore?
By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
Posted on November 20, 2007
New voter ID card-related barriers stopped legitimate voters earlier this
month in Indiana, where the Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality
of its voter ID law.
Ray Wardell, a 78-year-old Korean War veteran, could not get a new state
voter ID card after his wallet was stolen because Indiana’s Bureau of Motor
Vehicles (BMV) would not accept his Medicare card — even though the BMV
accepted that photo ID instead of his birth certificate a year before.
Wardell ended up voting with a provisional ballot, but that will not be
counted unless the disabled veteran appears before county election officials
with further identification.
Mike Westervelt, a Purdue University student and city editor of the campus
newspaper, was told by BMV employees they would not accept his New Jersey
driver’s license as one of three necessary documents to get an Indiana voter
ID card — even though the Secretary of State’s website listed out-of-state
licenses as acceptable. Westervelt said — and voting rights lawyers
affirmed — that the section of Indiana law cited by BMV to deny a voter ID
card contained no prohibitions on out-of-state licenses. He too voted
provisionally, and is trying to resolve issues with his county election
board before his vote is counted.