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Friday, October 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana BMV sets hearing for man denied voter ID"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 18th, Jill Disis of the Indianapolis Star reports this morning that:

An Indiana man caught in a legal battle with the state for a photo ID card will get his chance in a due process hearing scheduled this morning.

Joesph Worley was born in Indiana and currently resides in Muncie. His license was suspended after a drunken-driving conviction and he has been trying to get a new one since 2008, but says he has been unable to do so.

The reason, according to court documents, is that Worley's Social Security card, which reads "Joesph A. Worley," and his birth certificate, which reads "Joseph Alan Ivey," do not match.

As Ms. Disis reported in the earlier Oct. 18th story, "Worley's hearing was ordered by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker earlier this month." More from today's story:
Worley brought the complaint after being unable to get a photo ID card, which is required to vote under the 2007 Indiana voter ID law. Given requirements by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Worley would be required to change his name first, something he says he can't do without a photo ID.

"We are pleased the BMV is complying with the Court's order by scheduling a due process hearing, which we trust will be presided over by a truly impartial and independent decision maker," said a statement from William Groth, Worley's attorney. "Mr. Worley is prepared to establish his identity at that hearing through every means reasonably available to him and to demonstrate once and for all that he intends to vote legally and only once in this year's election."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 26, 2012 09:14 AM
Posted to Indiana Government