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7th Circuit denies injunction in voter ID suit

November 11, 2008

For those photo-showing voters who cast ballots on Nov. 4, rest assured that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago isn't going to interfere in the election process already concluded.

On Monday, a three-judge panel issued a one-page order in Robbin G. Stewart v. Marion County, et al., and State of Indiana, 1:08-CV-00586, that denied an emergency motion for injunction, which had been filed with the court the day before Election Day. Stewart had wanted the 7th Circuit to step in and declare unconstitutional the state's law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls before voting. The court didn't issue any rationale, just the denial.

U.S. District Judge Larry McKinney had declined a request for a temporary injunction on Oct. 21. Stewart filed the suit in April challenging the state law passed in 2005 and recently upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Stewart's suit remains pending, though no court dates have been entered on the federal docket.

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