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Democratic secretary of state hopefuls critical of voter ID law

June 23, 2010

Both Democrats seeking their party's nomination for Indiana secretary of state are critics of the state's voter identification law, which they would have a role in enforcing as the top state election official.

Democratic delegates will pick a nominee during their state party convention on Saturday.

The secretary of state candidates they'll consider are former Gov. Joe Kernan aide Tom McKenna of Carmel and Indianapolis architect Vop Osili.

The nominee will face Republican candidate Charlie White of Fishers in the November election. Incumbent Republican Todd Rokita is a leading advocate of the voter ID law. He is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.

Critics have argued that the law, which requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, violates the state constitution because it isn’t applied equally to all voters. Those who vote by mail don't have to prove their identity.

The Indiana Supreme Court in March heard arguments in a case questioning the law but has yet to rule. The Indiana Court of Appeals struck down the 5-year-old law last year, finding it "regulates voters in a manner that's not uniform and impartial."

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