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Friday, July 20, 2007

Law - More on: Dormant Michigan voter ID law may now be enforced

Updating this ILB entry from July 19th on the ruling of the Michigan Supreme Court, which ended with a reminder from the ILB that the Indiana cert petition in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, the ILB today received this note from Bill Groth, who has filed the cert petition on behalf of the plaintiffs in the case:

I have read through the lengthy decision of the Michigan Supreme Court, including both dissents. It was quite interesting that in response to virtually every argument advanced by opponents of the law, the majority repeatedly called attention to the fact that the law permits persons without photo ID to sign an affidavit at the polls on election day. Voters who do so can then vote by regular ballot, unless challenged. This is a feature lacking in Indiana law, which requires the voter without ID to vote provisionally and then make the second trip to the clerk's office to produce the lost or forgoten ID or a photo ID subsequently obtained. Even indigent voters, whom the law excepts from the ID requirements, must make the second trip just to sign the indigency affidavit so that their provisional ballot can be counted. Indiana's law clearly is far more onerous and burdensome than the Michigan law that state's supreme court upheld on a party-line vote.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 20, 2007 03:00 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions