Indiana: Board Grants Lugar Voting Residency Appeal

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:24pm

After weeks of wrangling with local election officials, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) will be able to use his family farm’s address to vote in the Hoosier State.

Lugar’s agreement with the Marion County Elections Board is good news for the six-term Senator,  who’s facing the toughest primary challenge of his career from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock on May 8.

A couple of weeks ago, the Marion County Election Board ruled Lugar ineligible to vote at his listed address because he and his wife no longer live there. Lugar successfully appealed the ruling — spurring several unflattering headlines in the process — by registering to vote at his family farm instead.

“Today, the court has obtained from the Marion County Election Board assurances that the Lugars may vote from the Lugar family farm, which has been in the family for generations and has been managed by Senator Lugar continuously for many years, and this is now where they should vote,” said a statement from Lugar’s campaign.

Lugar previously registered to vote at the address of a home he sold in 1977, according to the Associated Press.