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High court transfer filed in early-voting case

October 24, 2008

The plaintiffs in a suit challenging Lake County early-voting satellite locations are appealing a special judge's order to keep the locations open to the Indiana Supreme Court.

John B. Curley, chairman of the Lake County, Indiana, Republican Central Committee, and Jim B. Brown, a member of the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration, want the Supreme Court to grant immediate transfer to the consolidated case, John B. Curley, et al. v. Lake County Board of Elections and Registration, et al., No. 45D01-0810-PL-82, so it can be resolved before the Nov. 4 election.

Special Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider of Lake Superior Court issued an order Oct. 22 to keep the early-voting satellite locations in East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond open. The plaintiffs argued Judge Schneider's decision implicitly determined the Indiana statute's requirement of a unanimous election board vote approving satellite offices is unconstitutional and thus unenforceable. They also argue the validity of the order may create a possible subsequent challenge to the validity of the absentee votes cast at the satellite offices.

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