FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/28/2008
Statement by authors of voter identification bill on today’s Supreme Court decision
AUSTIN--In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States of America upheld the state of Indiana's voter identification law which requires voters to show a state issued identification card in order to vote.
Justice John Paul Stevens joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy said the majority opinion that the law "is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting 'the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.'"
State Representatives Betty Brown, Leo Berman, Dwayne Bohac and Debbie Riddle said today that they were pleased with the court's decision and hoped that it would bolster support for similar legislation which passed the Texas House but failed in the Senate.
"We would again like to reaffirm our support for legislation that passed through the Texas House of Representatives that would have strengthened voter confidence and helped guarantee the integrity of Texas' electoral process.
"Today's 6-3 decision by the court shows that the policies proposed in House Bill 218 and similar legislation are consistent with the US Constitution and represent our intent to strengthen and protect our election system for all voters. It is our hope that in the 2009 session the Texas Senate will be able to follow suit and join with the House to pass this important and needed law."
House Bill 218 was authored by Rep. Brown and joint-authored by Reps. Berman, Bohac and Riddle.
CONTACT: Jon English (512) 463-00572