by Stephanie Crosby
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the state’s law that requires voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot.
The court ruled the law as constitutional on a 4-to-1 vote, saying the General Assembly does have the authority to create such a requirement. It was passed by a Republican-controlled House and Senate and has been opposed by Democrats for the five years it has been in effect.
Republican Secretary of State Todd Rokita says the law has been challenged in a number of venues, including the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was upheld.
“This should be the end,” says Rokita, “but we will stand and defend this law if someone decides they want to take another try at it.”
The law requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID with an expiration date in order to cast a ballot in person. It does not apply to absentee ballots.
Opponents of the law say it disenfranchises voters who may not be able to get a photo ID.