Posted: October 16, 2008
Indiana early voting proceeds at satellite sites while Lake County Republicans sue to close the sites
An Indiana court will hear the case brought by Lake County Republicans against the Lake County elections board seeking to close satellite early voting sites that the board opened without unanimous approval from all of its members. Indiana code does require unanimous approval to open satellite sites but the board moved forward with the opening of extra sites anyway. Republican members of the board cited an increased potential for fraud as their reason for voting against the extra sites. A circuit judge has been selected by the Indiana Supreme Court to hear the case (See Order). Early voting has already taken place at the satellite sites in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. If the judge finds that the satellite sites were illegally opened, it is unclear what will happen to these ballots cast by voters who are innocent in this dispute. (See the EL@M case page for more information and select case documents).