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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Lugar residency ruling appealed"

Brian Francisco posted the story this morning at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette site. It begins:

Two people have appealed the Indiana Election Commission's recent ruling that Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is a resident of the state.

Eric C. Bohnet, the attorney for the two, said Wednesday in a news release the appeal seeks an injunction that would prevent election officials from printing ballots for the May 8 primary election until the case is resolved. Lugar is opposed in the Republican primary by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Bohnet said the appeal is based on the U.S. Constitution's residency provision for senators.

"The Constitution requires that Senators be inhabitants of the states that elect them," Bohnet said in a statement. "But Sen. Lugar sold his last Indiana residence almost 35 years ago, and still votes from that old address for his voting registration because he doesn't have anywhere in this state to call home. He's become an inhabitant of Virginia, and thus ineligible to be elected to the Senate from Indiana."

Here is the Bohnet press release, thanks to Election Law Blog.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 7, 2012 12:41 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts