Monday, April 28, 2008 | 5:12 p.m.
U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., a longtime proponent of reducing election fraud, says he is pleased with today's U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling backing Indiana's right to require voters to present a valid photo ID at the voting booths.
"Presenting a valid photo identification card at the polls, prior to voting, is a necessary requirement in eliminating the possibility of voter fraud and maintaining the integrity of elections in this country," Ensign said in a statement released by his office. "The men and women charged with protecting the tenets of the United States Constitution recognized the importance of free and fair elections to the American democracy, and I am very pleased with their ruling."
Ensign has been a staunch supporter of modernizing the election system to reduce voter fraud and requiring voter identification. In 2007, he introduced the Voting Integrity and Verification Act, which required that any new electronic voting machine to provide a voter-verified paper trail to guarantee accuracy.
By ruling that states are not violating a person's constitutional rights when requiring a valid photo ID at the polls, the Supreme Court has now paved the way for other states, including Nevada, to improve registration standards.