Indiana High Court Hears Arguments In Voter ID Suit

by Rick Howlett on March 4, 2010

By Rick Howlett

Indiana’s voter ID law was the focus of arguments Thursday before the state Supreme Court.

The high court has taken up an appeal of a lower court ruling last year that overturned the state law requiring that voters produce a government-issued photo ID at the polls.

The League of Women Voters argues that that law violates the state Constitution because it imposes the requirement on only some voters. For example, those who vote by absentee ballot do not have to prove their identity.

“Other states that have enacted this kind of law have offered voters the opportunity to sign an affadavit at the polling place where they can fill it out under penalties of perjury. They can cast a regular ballot and have their vote counted. we don’t have that option here,” said Attorney Karen Celestino-Horseman, who argued before the court on the League’s behalf.

The voter ID law was passed by a Republican-controlled legislature in 2005. Critics accuse the GOP of using it to exclude those who tend to vote Democrat from casting a ballot. Republicans say it’s only intended to prevent voter fraud. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in 2008.

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Fred March 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Why try to be civil, polite or nice to a few people who at some level believe that certain other citizens shouldn’t be allowed to vote at all. I know from living in Florida that several of my GOP friends live part of the year in a Northern state and because they own property in the south, they can and do vote twice. Maybe not all of them are voting for the GOP, but all of them sound as if they do. I’m tired of being nice and civil to people who say racist and ugly things about other Americans. I tired of seeing hate letters and hate columns in the paper and turn the other cheek. I want the party in power to use it and when we are not in power to be the party of hate and the party of NO!

Alan March 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Your Florida friends should be caught and prosecuted. However, I don’t understand how this supports your statement about “people who at some level believe that certain other citizens shouldn’t be allowed to vote at all.”
We need to work to stop voter fraud. Requiring ID to vote is only sensible. For those few who going out and getting a valid government ID is unreasonably cumbersome, the article points out that they can vote using an absentee ballot. That at least allows for some time for verifying voter eligibility before the ballot is sent out, where it is much more dificult to do so at the polling place on election day.
As for people voting in multiple states, that is a little harder to check since it requires that the states cooperate. However, if there is a credible accusation of someone doing so, it likely wouldn’t be difficult for the states to discover if they are willing to work together.

Carol Parks March 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Indiana has cases of voter fraud only in instances of absentee voting, not in cases of voters at the polls. The law demands that voters show ID at the polls, but not for absentee voting. Is this a scam? You betcha!! As soon as “Our Man Mitch” became governor, the Repug Secretary of State, Todd Rokita, implemented this stringent voter ID law. IN won’t weed out illegal voters, but legal voters won’t be able to vote: for instance, if you were born at home and have no birth certificate, you can’t vote.

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