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Lugar appeals vote ruling

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is appealing the Marion County Election Board's decision that he and his wife cannot vote using the address of their former house in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Lugar and his wife, Charlene, seek a court injunction to prevent enforcement of the election board's decision, reached last week in a 2-1 vote along party lines.

Lugar sold his Indianapolis house in 1977 and has lived in McLean, Va., ever since. Citing the state constitution and the opinions of three Indiana attorneys general, Lugar argues that he did not forfeit his residency when he moved out of state to fulfill his federal duties.

The Lugars claim they "have been disenfranchised" by the election board. The Marion Circuit Court will hear their request for an injunction March 30. The state voter registration deadline is April 9.

The Indianapolis Star points out that the judge who will consider the Lugars' case - Louis Rosenberg - ruled in November that Charlie White, the former Indiana secretary of state, was ineligible for the post because of a voter registration violation. A jury in February convicted White of felony charges of voter fraud, and he was removed from office.

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