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Indiana Democrats to appeal voter-identification law ruling

[JURIST] The Indiana Democratic Party [party website] on Monday said it would appeal a federal judge's ruling [JURIST report] that a state law requiring voters to show photo identification is valid. Party Chairman Daniel Parker said the ruling "glossed over" details and questioned whether Public Law 109-2005 [PDF text], passed last year by a Republican-controlled legislature, would prevent some voters from casting ballots in future elections. The Indiana Democratic Party has a news release on the appeal. Party officials said the appeal would not impact voting in the May 2 primary.

District Judge Sara Evans Barker [official profile] ruled [opinion, PDF] last week that the law was valid. Five other states require voters to show photo ID to cast ballots, and Georgia may soon add such a requirement over a challenge by several groups [JURIST report]. From Louisville, the Courier-Journal has more.

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