On September 9, the Seventh Circuit agreed with the U.S. District Court that Indiana cannot provide for limited voting in partisan judicial races. The case is Common Cause Indiana v Individual Members of the Indiana Election Commission, 14-3300. Here is the 32-page opinion.
Indiana’s limited voting law only applies to Marion County, which is identical to the city of Indianapolis. The law says no party may run candidates for more than half the seats for Superior Court Judge. Some years 16 seats are up; in those years no party may run more than 8 nominees. Other years, 20 seats are up; in those years no party may run more than 10 nominees. The purpose of the law is to prevent one party from winning all the races.
The decision is on shaky grounds, because elsewhere around the nation, limited voting has been upheld.