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Photo Id Issue to be considered
(Indianapolis) – Today, the State of Indiana, acting on behalf of Secretary of State Todd Rokita, filed the "Brief of State Respondents" supporting Indiana’s Voter ID law with the United States Supreme Court. The Court is currently reviewing Indiana’s law that requires Hoosier voters to show photo identification in order to vote at the polls.
"We are enthusiastic to file this brief in support of Indiana’s photo ID requirement because the law is common sense, low cost, and levels the playing field for all voters," stated Secretary Rokita. "Since it was enacted in 2005, six Indiana elections have demonstrated that the photo ID law is well crafted. I firmly believe that the Supreme Court will uphold the law in accordance with both the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Court’s decisions."
The "Brief of State Respondents" highlights the reasonableness of the Voter ID law and the long-overdue election-security reform that protects Hoosier voters. The Brief underscores voter protections created by the law, provides data that shows no significant negative impact on Hoosier voters, and points to the law as a legitimate fraud deterrent that ensures that each Hoosier receives one vote – and one vote only – that will not be devalued by vote fraud. Additionally, the Brief highlights the large number of safeguards that create a balanced law, such as free photo identification for those who do not already possess a photo ID.
"In addition to protecting against voter fraud, the photo ID law promotes security in the modern-day world of identity theft," Rokita said. "Safeguards provide free photo IDs and even if you forget your ID when visiting the polls, the law still allows the voter to vote provisionally and show an ID at a later time. Additionally, the photo ID law requires every voter present an ID, regardless of politics, party, age, race, gender, or economic status. Every vote is equal and every vote should count."
The "Brief of State Respondents" can be accessed at http://www.sos.in.gov/. The Supreme Court will consider the two consolidated cases, Indiana Democratic Party v. Todd Rokita and William Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, and will listen to oral arguments on January 9, 2008.
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