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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Clerk bypasses board to expand early voting: Election Board earlier rejected satellite locations in 2-1 vote"

Bill Ruthhart reports today in the Indianapolis Star:

Marion County voters will have two new places where they can cast early ballots next month in advance of the November election.

County Clerk Beth White said during an Election Board meeting Tuesday that she would extend early voting to two of her offices outside the City-County Building, infuriating the lone Republican board member.

Each year, White's Downtown office offers early voting, but this year, her offices at the county's traffic and juvenile court buildings also will have voting.

White, a Democrat, offered the additional early voting options after the Election Board voted down a proposal last week that would have allowed satellite voting locations across the county for the Nov. 2 election. * * *

[Republican Patrick Dietrick] argued that state law refers to allowing early voting only at county clerk's "office," a singular term.

Democrats, however, responded by highlighting the decision by the Lake County clerk to allow early voting at multiple offices in 2008, which they said had since been upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

White said afterward that her move was not a political one and would not have been necessary had Dietrick and the GOP agreed to satellite voting centers.

"I'm trying to make voting opportunities available for everyone, and I'm within the state statute to do this, and that is abundantly clear," she said.

"It's not about politics; it's about access to the vote."

The Lake County case was John B. Curley, et al. v. Lake Co. Board of Elections and Registration, et al. See the Oct. 31, 2008 ILB summary here. See this April 14, 2008 ILB entry for the Supreme Court's denial of transfer in Curley.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 22, 2010 09:29 AM
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