On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled Indiana’s signature-match requirement for mail-in absentee ballots as unconstitutional. The Court cited the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in their injunction against the law because thousands of Indiana voters had their ballots rejected and were never notified or given the chance to re-do their signature.
State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) made the following statement in response:
“I’m glad to see this law was struck down with enough time before this year’s general election. Unfortunately it is just one in a long series of voter suppression attempts by my friends across the aisle. This case demonstrates what I have said time and time again – we as elected officials should be doing what we can to make it easier for people to vote, not putting up more barriers. While I am thankful for today’s ruling, it is sad that it took a lawsuit to shine the spotlight on this blatantly unconstitutional law.”