Judge to decide on early voting in Lake Co., Ind.

October 10, 2008 9:55:35 AM PDT
A federal judge will determine whether satellite offices for early voting will be used in Lake County, Indiana. There is a lot of concern about potential vote fraud in northwest Indiana. A coalition of community organizations and unions are trying to get early voting sites in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago open. But the Indiana state GOP wants to shut down those sites due to their concerns about voter fraud.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said that this legal fighting over satellite voting really is an indication of just how far the GOP might go to disenfranchise voters in Democrat-leaning communities.

"People that live in these cities don't have a lot of them don't have cars. For our members in particular, they work long hours and undependable schedules. It's hard for them to make it to the polls on Election Day. It's even harder for them to make it to Crown Point. So we want to make sure that people are given the same opportunities that they were given in the primary in order to be able to cast their ballot early in these satellite cities," said Genie Kastrup, SEIU Illinois State Council.

The coalition says if they don't open the voting places it would be a violation of the Voting Rights Act, which would be a civil rights violation.

Indiana has some of the toughest voter registration laws in the nation. You have to show a current photo I.D. when you vote.

The hearing started Friday at 9 a.m. It is expected to continue throughout the day.


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