The Marion County election board says Richard Lugar is eligible to represent Indiana in the Senate — but not to vote for himself. A 2 to 1 election board concludes the constitutional provision preserving the Indiana residency of someone “in service to the state” doesn’t extend to the precinct level and the right to vote.
The board says Lugar abandoned his Indianapolis residency when he sold his house in 1977, and therefore isn’t legally registered to vote. The board‘s lone Republican member, accuses Democrats of rewriting election law to require voters to own property.
Under the ruling, Lugar and his wife have until April 9 to get a new Indiana address and re-register. Tea party backers of Lugar‘s primary challenger, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, still contend Lugar doesn’t belong on the ballot either. Their lawsuit to remove him is awaiting a hearing.