Foreclosure and eviction notices cannot be used in Marion County as sole basis to challenge voters
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Monday, October 27, 2008


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Foreclosure and eviction notices cannot be used in
Marion County as sole basis to challenge voters



INDIANAPOLIS -- Last Friday, the NAACP, the Marion County Election Board and the Marion County Democratic and Republican parties reached an agreement to prevent home foreclosure lists and eviction notices from being used as the sole basis to challenge a person’s right to vote.

Indiana law permits appropriate challenges to voters if they do not reside in the precinct where they are registered to vote.  But under Indiana law, neither the appearance of a name or property on a list of foreclosures or evictions nor the receipt of a foreclosure or eviction notice by a voter can serve as the sole basis for the challenge to any voter whose name appears on the precinct poll list.

The agreement, enforced by an order of the Marion County Superior Court, prohibits political party challengers and poll workers from challenging voters solely based on information that a voter’s home is in foreclosure or that a voter is being evicted.

As part of this agreement, the Election Board will require the Marion County Democratic, Libertarian and Republican parties to distribute a copy of the Court’s order and this public statement along with any credentials issued to party challengers.

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Copy of the Court Order