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Litigation

Schoettle v. Marion County Board of elections

Case Information

Date Filed: October 29, 2008
State: Indiana
Issues: Absentee Ballots, Improper Election Administration
Courts that Heard this Case: Marion County Circuit Court (Case 49C01 08 10 PL 049131); Indiana Court of Appeals (Case 49A05-0810-CV-637); Indiana Supreme Court (Case )

Issue:

Whether the Marion County Board of Election may count challenged absentee ballots on Tuesday or whether the challenged ballots can counted later with the provisional ballots after additional scrutiny. 

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

Circuit Court issued order on 10/31/08 preventing challenged absentee ballots from being counted until later in the week.  The Court of Appeals issued a stay of this order pending an appeal.  The Indiana Supreme Court  reinstated the trial court's order on 11/3/08.   

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