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Web letter by Jack Fultz: Lugar residency issue shows his disconnect from the law

Here are the facts about Sen. Richard Lugar’s voter eligibility, cut and pasted directly from the Indiana Constitution, the U.S. Constitution and the Indiana voter registration form. It is all in English and easy to understand if one actually wants to.

The Indiana Constitution says, “No person shall be deemed to have lost his residence in the state, by reason of his absence, either on business of this state or of the United States.” The statute in question, Indiana Code 3-8-1-7, also states: “A candidate for the office of United States Senator must have the qualifications provided in Article 1, Section 3, Clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States.”

Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution reads: “No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.”

Three attorneys general advised Lugar he could go ahead with what he was doing – bad advice from attorneys who apparently had not read both constitutions. If they don’t know the laws, should they even have been attorneys general? On March 15 the Marion County Election Committee, whose previous ruling was challenged, ruled that in 1977, when Lugar left Indiana, sold his Indiana home and bought and moved into a home in Virginia, he abandoned his Indiana home. He wasn’t just absent on government business.

Additionally, when a person signs a voter registration form in Indiana, that person swears to the following: “I will have lived in my precinct for at least thirty days before the next election. I understand that if I sign this statement knowing that it is not true, I am committing perjury and can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to three years or both.” Signing a registration containing false information is a felony under Indiana state law.

Richard Mourdock is not the person who filed the original complaint. In fact, Mourdock tried to help out Lugar by suggesting that he (Lugar) rent or buy a residence in Marion County to comply with the law.

As of this date, Lugar has ignored the only good advice he has received.

This not a public forum or an opinion. It is the fact and only the fact. The question is not that Lugar has a disconnect with Indiana issues, it is about the law.