Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that states can require voters to show photo identification:
“I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s opinion today rejecting a challenge to Indiana’s photo-ID law. The Indiana law and others like it are roadblocks to democracy – these laws place an unnecessary burden on elderly and low-income voters, not to mention other voters of disparate racial and ethnic backgrounds, among others. The fact that every Republican in the Indiana General Assembly supported this law and every Democrat opposed it speaks volumes about the improper partisan motives behind the photo-ID movement.
“This is not the end of the road. While today’s decision denies a facial challenge to the Indiana law, it allows future challenges in which there is more evidence of the harms caused by photo-ID laws. As November approaches, Americans must remain vigilant to protect the right to vote in the face of this and other schemes to depress turnout. Voting is the most fundamental right in our democracy because it protects all other rights.”