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Monday, April 16, 2007

Ind. Decisions - Yet more on possible appeal of Indiana voter ID case to Supreme Court

Updating this ILB entry from April 11th, Prof. Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog has a roundup today on the subjects of "Voter Fraud/EAC/US Attorneys/Indiana Voter I.D. Case", including this discussion:

Meanwhile, as we await the decision of the plaintiffs in the Indiana voter identification case (Crawford) on whether or not to seek cert. in the Supreme Court, along comes this news story of a tied local election in Indiana.

It is local, not state, but it does undermine Judge Posner's point in his Crawford opinion:

The benefits of voting to the individual voter are elusive (a vote in a political election rarely has any instrumental value, since elections for political office at the state or federal level are never decided by just one vote), and even very slight costs in time or bother or out-of-pocket expense deter many people from voting, or at least from voting in elections they're not much interested in. (Emphasis added)
Incidentally, there have been some very close state and federal races in Indiana as well, including the 1984 McIntyre/McCloskey race.
The news story mentioned was referenced in the ILB here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 16, 2007 12:17 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions