Republicans Try To Throw Out Early Votes In Indiana
They’re claiming the potential vote fraud, but I’m honestly surprised at how flimsy their reasoning is.
Because their entire case seems to be built on the idea that they can convince a judge that just because somebody voted early, that they can then vote again.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) â€” A judge weighing whether to close down early voting sites in Lake Countyâ€™s Democratic strongholds questioned local officials about the absentee voting process during visits to the disputed sites.
Lake County Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias-Schneider toured the Gary, Hammond and East Chicago satellite voting sites Monday and heard hours of testimony and arguments on whether they are legal and fair.
Republicans want to shut down the centers in the largely Democratic county on the grounds that they will increase the likelihood of vote fraud in the Nov. 4 election.
Kavadias-Schneider, who was appointed a special judge in the case by the Indiana Supreme Court, questioned county elections board director Sally LaSota on Monday about the process of early voting and safeguards against vote fraud.
LaSota assured the judge that the elections board staff ensures voters are registered and donâ€™t vote more than once.
When Kavadias-Schneider asked, â€œWhat of those who have already voted?â€ R. Lawrence Steele, a GOP lawyer, replied, â€œMaybe those votes should be discarded.â€
Amazing. Republicans are literally trying to get votes “discarded” that are completely legal.
So what’s this all really about?
It’s pretty easy. Republicans know that Democrats are coming out in record numbers this year to early vote and they don’t want to give them that opportunity.
And that’s pretty much revealed by the Republican lawyer’s own admission…
Kavadias-Schneider asked LaSota on Monday about possibly opening even more early in-person voting centers in suburban communities in response to Republican complaints that Democrats have opened voting in the countyâ€™s three largest Democratic strongholds.
But Steele told the judge that Republicans donâ€™t want more early voting centers open â€” they want the Gary, Hammond and East Chicagoâ€™s centers closed.
Nope, they don’t want to give people more access, they want to make sure they have less.
Pretty shameful stuff here.