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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Still more on: Judge Posner has second thoughts on his voter ID decision; says he didn't know enough

Judge Posner's recent comments on his Indiana voter ID decision continue to cause comment. Today the NY Times has this editorial, that concludes:

“Maybe we should have been more imaginative,” [Judge Posner] said. “We weren’t really given strong indications that requiring additional voter identification would actually disenfranchise people entitled to vote.”

Those indications were clear, of course, to judges who disagreed with Judge Posner at the time.

In a new book, he writes that he was “guilty” of upholding a law “now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention.”

Had he spoken those words a few years ago, the landscape of voter-ID laws might look very different.

[Note: The ILB has reparagraphed the above.]

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 17, 2013 09:28 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions