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

Contact: Jen Fanger


Indianapolis, IN – A clear majority of the 11 active members of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals voted today to deny a petition for an en banc rehearing of the case involving Indiana's Photo ID law.

The vote comes nearly one year after U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker upheld the voter identification requirement, and lends further support to a January 2007 opinion by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner and a panel of fellow jurists affirming Barker's decision.

"The Court continues to acknowledge what we have seen from four successful elections in Indiana under our Photo ID law - this is a common-sense way to protect honest voters and to improve confidence in our elections,” said Rokita. “Hoosiers deserve to know that their votes will count on Election Day and will not be diluted or canceled out by ineligible votes.”

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. Four elections have taken place in Indiana under the Photo ID law – 2 Town Elections, 1 Statewide Primary Election, and 1 Statewide General Election.

Indiana Solicitor General Tom Fisher represented the Secretary of State's office in the litigation.

"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 actions continue to reflect that.”