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Early Voting Issue Heads to Court, Again

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Attorneys trying to keep early voting centers in three Northwest Indiana cities from opening head back to court this morning.

A federal judge yesterday declined to resolve the matter, instead opting to allow a state court in Lake County, Indiana to handle it.

As a result, Lake county Superior Court Judge Calvin Hawkins will hear arguments this morning as to why three satellite early voting centers in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago should not open.

Lake County GOP officials say they do not want early voting for two reasons: possible vote fraud in those locations. And the 5-member, bi-partisan county election board did not approve early voting at the locations as required under state law.

The Lake County Election Board says concerns over voter fraud are nonsense. They say the same safeguards in place on Election Day apply to early voting as well.

Local Democratic officials say the GOP is trying to suppress voting in the heavily Democratic cities.

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