(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A multi-year court fight over Indiana’s voter identification law appears to be over.
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled 4-1 Wednesday to uphold the state's requirement that voters show ID's at the polls.
The League of Women Voters challenged the 2005 state law arguing that it violated two provisions in the Indiana Constitution – that it adds a substantive qualification to vote and was applied unevenly because absentee voters were not required to show their IDs. The league won a ruling in the Indiana Court of Appeals in 2009, but the issue was then taken to the Indiana Supreme Court.
An earlier objection by the Indiana Democratic Party went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 where the law was also upheld 6-3.
There will be no further challenges to the law from the League of Women Voters, a spokesperson said.
Justice Brent Dickson wrote the majority opinion, which stated the law is only regulatory in nature since Hoosier voters are already required to identify themselves by signing their name before casting a ballot.
"The burdens occasioned by the voter ID law serve numerous substantial interests relating to the use of technology to modernize and to protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process," Dickson wrote.
Only Justice Theodore Boehm dissented by saying the voter ID law should have required a change to the state constitution.
"We find that the requirements of the Indiana voter ID law, while enhancing the procedural burdens associated with the voting process, are not sufficiently unreasonable."
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita was elated over the ruling in favor of the law he helped craft.
"Hoosier commonsense prevails again,” Rokita said in a statement. “One of the key tools we have put in place to improve elections and protect the strength of our republic - our Photo ID requirement at the polls - has once again been upheld.”
“I've stood up for Hoosiers and this law ever since we helped write it and began implementing it five years ago and through seven elections and numerous special elections. It is overwhelmingly supported by voters and taxpayers, despite a very small but vocal partisan minority.”