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Amici briefs support Indiana voter ID law

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Eleven parties have submitted amici briefs in support of Indiana's voter identification law, which goes before the Supreme Court of the United States in January.

Parties had a Monday deadline to submit briefs in the pair of cases Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (07-21) and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita (07-25), which the nation's high court will hear arguments on Jan. 9. Both challenge the law that took effect July 2005 and has been upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A link to all the briefs can be found online. They include briefs from former Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler, nearly a dozen state attorneys general, the U.S. Department of Justice, and various election officials representing both Democrats and Republicans, including the Republican National Convention. A brief by the American Unity Legal Defense Fund raises the issue of illegal immigrants casting ballots, urging the court to consider the danger of non-citizens being able to vote illegally.

In November, 23 briefs representing more than 81 separate groups or individuals against the law were filed.

Only one brief is neutral - that of Erwin Chemerinsky, a Duke University School of Law professor who's been appointed as founding dean of the University of California-Irvine Donald Bren School of Law for 2009.
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