Lake County precinct consolidation is unconstitutional

Of the 92 counties in Indiana, only one was targeted for precinct consolidation — Lake County — sparing the over 1,000 small precincts in other counties that should be consolidated, if they are to follow the same criteria that we’re supposed to.

It doesn’t take a lifelong resident of the region to know that when it comes to state matters, Lake County is often treated as Indiana’s ugly stepchild.

This damaging law has the potential to close polling places, resulting in longer travel times and lines at the ballot box, not to mention the elimination of hundreds of volunteer, unpaid precinct committeemen from both Republican and Democrat sides.

Furthermore the NAACP and other groups are suing in federal court over this law’s violations of the Voting Rights Act and the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments of the Constitution. Seventy-eight percent of precincts in north Lake County and 41 percent in south Lake County are threatened.

The uncertainty has resulted because a reckless Legislature decided to show government overreach at its worst by ramming a law through the Statehouse when this issue could have been dealt with locally and with actual bipartisanship.

From the IndyStar (February 15, 2018)

Former Indiana House of Representatives; Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of NWI; Columbia BSIE 2016

Former Indiana House of Representatives; Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of NWI; Columbia BSIE 2016