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National Briefing / Indiana

Ruling ends voter ID requirement

September 18, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

The state Court of Appeals struck down a law requiring government-issued photo identification for voters, overturning on state constitutional grounds a law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008.

The law required voters to produce state or federal photo ID cards at their polling stations. Critics say it disenfranchised some poor, older and minority voters. Supporters contended it was needed to prevent voter fraud, which critics say is rare.

The court agreed with the League of Women Voters that those who cast ballots in person were held to a stricter standard than absentee voters.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels castigated the 3-0 ruling, calling it "an act of judicial arrogance."

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