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Voter Protection Coalition Hopeful Following Federal Court's Ruling in Indiana Voting Case

October 13, 2008

For immediate release: October 13, 2008
Contact: Gabe Roth, 202-741-5563, groth@gloverparkgroup.com

Voter Protection Coalition Hopeful Following Federal Court’s Ruling in Indiana Voting Case

Washington, DC – Following U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen’s ruling late Monday to let the Lake County, Ind., early voting suit be decided in state, not federal, court, Jonah Goldman of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released the following statement:

“Today’s decision is a procedural one, and we remain confident that the courts in Lake County will rule in favor of the voters. The county board of elections wants to open additional early voting locations, and they should be allowed to do so. We hope that Board Director Sally LaSota moves quickly to staff and open these sites. Voters should have as many opportunities as possible to cast their ballots, and early voting represents an opportunity to accommodate the record number of voters expected to cast a ballot in this election. Voters with questions about polling locations or their registration status are encouraged to call the 866-OUR-VOTE to speak with our trained volunteers.”

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