Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Indiana's Photo ID Law

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Indianapolis - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 today in favor of upholding Indiana's Photo ID law. The opinion issued by Judge Richard Posner affirms an earlier decision of U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker.

Indiana's Photo ID law requires Hoosiers to show government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day. Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita advocated for the measure, which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2005. The law targets identity theft at the polls and is aimed at improving voter confidence in the electoral process.

"This decision is a victory for Hoosier voters, and for election reform across the country," Rokita said. "The seventh circuit affirmed what we have seen from four successful elections in Indiana under the Photo ID law - this is a common-sense way to protect honest voters and to improve voter confidence."

Indiana Solicitor General Tom Fisher represented the Secretary of State's office in the litigation. Judges Posner, Terence Evans, and Diane Sykes comprised the panel deciding this case.

"Tom Fisher and his staff have done outstanding work on behalf of Hoosier voters," Rokita said. "They provided a clear picture of the positive, real impact of this law, and the court's ruling reflected that."