Last Friday, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana Sarah Evans Barker issued an opinion upholding an Indiana law requiring people to show a government-issued photo ID before voting. The Court's opinion (115 pages .pdf format) is here.
The Indiana Democratic Party has announced that it will appeal the ruling to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Unless a stay is issued, voters who show up for Indiana's May 2nd primary must produce a driver's license, passport, or other photo identification issued by the state or federal government.
Indiana statutes provide that people who don't have a driver's license or other acceptable photo identification may get a free ID card from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
People who are "unable or unwilling" to present photo ID on Election Day may cast a provisional ballot, as long as they follow up with the County Election Board within 13 days -- providing either a photo ID at that time or an explanation of why the law's exemptions apply.
Senior citizens are entitled to vote by absentee ballot without presenting photo identification.
Indiana's Republican-majority Legislature passed a law requiring photo ID at the polls last year, as part of an effort to reduce voter fraud.
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