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In Indiana, No Vote For Nuns Without ID

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

In our latest vlog, we look into the Indiana voter ID law upheld by the Supreme Court eight days ago. It looks as though on this Tuesday, the law has resulted in at least two dozen South Bend voters being turned away from the polls — all nuns in their 80s and 90s.

The AP is reporting the nuns were told before voting they would need an ID that was valid under the voter ID law.

Sister Julie McGuire said she was forced to turn away her fellow members of Saint Mary’s Convent in South Bend, across the street from the University of Notre Dame, because they had been told earlier that they would need such an ID to vote.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita released a statement after learning of the incident.

Indiana’s Voter ID Law applies to everyone. From all accounts that we’ve heard, the sisters were aware of the photo ID requirements and chose not to follow them.

What do you think about requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls? For an interesting perspective, listen to Loyola Law School distinguished professor Rick Hasen in our aforementioned vlog.

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