League of Women Voters of Indiana, et al. v. Rokita

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Indiana Court Strikes Down State Voter ID Law

On September 17, 2009, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the Indiana Voter ID law, which requires certain individuals to present government-issued photo identification before they could vote, violates the state Constitution. The law is unconstitutional, the court held, because it “regulates voters in a manner that is not uniform and impartial.” The United States Supreme Court previously ruled that the law did not violate the federal Constitution, but did not address the law’s validity under the Indiana Constitution. EPIC and ten legal scholars and technical experts filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in that case, urging the Court to invalidate the law because of its disparate impact and its reliance on REAL-ID, a "flawed federal identification system.”

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 7th Circuit, Indiana | United States


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