Will it ever stop?
First it was the Indiana Election Commission, then it was the Marion County Court, now it is the Marion County Election Board Thursday that will take up a challenge against Lugar’s qualifications to be on the ballot.
Indianapolis resident Greg Wright filed the challenge, saying that Lugar has failed to meet the qualifications to be on the ballot because he has failed to maintain a permanent physical residence in Indiana. Wright also dismisses the opinions of three Indiana Attorneys General that Lugar is eligible to be on the ballot.
The Lugar campaign says he does meet the qualifications and sounded familiar, successful arguments that he never gave up his residency to serve in the United States Senate.
The Election Board will hear the challenge on Thursday. It has several options at its disposal. Under state law the Board can…
- Determine that there is substantial reason to believe an election law violation has occurred and no further action is required;
- Determine that there is substantial reason to believe an election law violation has occurred and instruct counsel and staff to conduct further investigation pursuant to the Board’s direction;
- Determine there is substantial reason to believe an election law violation has occurred,find that sufficient investigation has been made, and take appropriate action, such as referring the matter to the Marion County Prosecutor; or
- Take all matters under advisement and reserve action for a later time.
Any decision can be reached by a simple majority. There are two Democrats and one Republican on the Election Board. Somehow I get that feeling that no matter what happens, this won’t be over anytime soon.