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Judge To Rule Soon On Early Voting Case

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A federal judge sitting in Hammond is expected to issue a ruling by Monday on whether early voting should be allowed in three cities in Northwest Indiana.

For Sally LaSota, the issue is simple: Let those who want to vote, vote. LaSota is the Democratic co-director of the election board in Lake County, Indiana. The office is being challenged in its effort to allow early voting at three satellite offices in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago.

LaSota recalls the days when hardly anyone showed up to vote.

LASOTA: But this presidential race has drawn so much attention that don’t frustrate voters, let them vote.

The local Republican Party is fighting against early voting in the three cities.

GOP lawyers say the county election board did not have the necessary votes to approve early voting in the cities.

Critics say it’s an attempt to keep minority voters from voting for Democratic candidates on Nov. 4. U.S. District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen will use the weekend to review testimony from a day-long hearing held yesterday.

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