Supreme Court to hear voter ID case This week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a major case on voter identification. The court will be asked to rule on an Indiana law that requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with David Schultz, a Hamline University professor who is also teaching election law at the University of Minnesota this spring.7:50 a.m.
Supreme Court to hear voter ID case
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a major case on voter identification. The court will be asked to rule on an Indiana law that requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with David Schultz, a Hamline University professor who is also teaching election law at the University of Minnesota this spring.8:25 a.m.
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