Indiana’s Voter ID, not what it seems to be


The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a challenge to an Indiana law requiring voters to present a photo ID.  Purported to curb voter fraud, the law is a clearly partisan measure to discourage certain voters, the mostly Democrat, elderly poor, from casting their ballot. But the Justices, perhaps haunted by Bush v. Gore, avoided the political issue by questioning petitioner’s standing, and whether voter fraud was just “possible” rather than “likely”.

The sketch shows Paul Smith, attorney for the Democratic challengers, arguing his case before the Justices.

Dahlia Lithwick has the story here.

Art Lien

Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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