INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday morningthat the Indiana Voter I.D. law violates the Indiana Constitution.The controversial requirement to show identification at the pollson Election Day previously withstood a federal challenge that wentall the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A three judge panel overturned a lower court's decision saying,"...we conclude that the Voter I.D. law violates Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 23, andmust be declared void because it regulates voters in a manner thatis not uniform and impartial."
In 2005, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law requiringvoters to present a government issued identification card beforevoting. The League of Women Voters sued the State of Indianastating in their complaint that the law imposed a "new substantivequalification on the right to vote, not authorized by the IndianaConstitution."
The ruling authored by Judge Patricia Riley said that the VoterI.D. Law violates the state constitution because it fails torequire mail-in absentee voters to meet the ID requirement.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels called the ruling "transparentlypartisan", and promised an appeal. He said, "It's apreposterous decision, an extreme decision and cam in this casefrom a judge who's been reversed before and I expect it to happenagain."
The governor went on to call the ruling an act of judicialarrogance.
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita also expressed hisdiscontent over the decision Thursday.
"Some continue to force us to use taxpayer dollars on an issuethat has already been reviewed by the US Supreme Court. Thegamesmanship going on here is irresponsible and needs to stop. Weare still reviewing the opinion, however I have already requestedthat the Indiana Solicitor General seek immediate transfer of thecase to the Indiana Supreme Court for review."
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