Legal News

Indiana Secretary of State Sued by Common Cause
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

A lawsuit was filed on Thursday that claims voters are robbed of a meaningful vote because of judicial elections. The lawsuit was filed by Common Cause, which is an open-government group. The Indiana Secretary of State in Indianapolis was sued by Common Cause in federal court. The lawsuit claims that First Amendment rights of voters are violated because of the process of choosing the 36 superior court judges in Merion County, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Next week there are 20 of the 36 Merion County judges up for election. The remaining 16 judges are up for election in 2016. In the county, according to state law, all 20 of the judges will be running unopposed in the election. Common Cause is being represented by the ACLU, which provided a news release that said,

  
What
Where


Under Indiana law, each of the major political parties conducts a primary election at which it selects exactly half of the seats to be filled, which renders the general election a mere formality. Voters in Marion County who do not cast a ballot in the primary election, therefore, have absolutely no say in electing judges to the Marion Superior Court. This process means that even people who do vote in the primary election have a say in only half of the judgeships to be filled.

“At its very lowest common denominator, the right to vote is right to exercise a legally meaningful vote,” said Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana’s legal director. “But in Merion County, you’re given half a vote at the time of the primary election, and essentially nothing at the time of the general election.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!






 

RELEVANT JOBS

Paralegal

USA-IL-Fairview Heights

Candidate will assist two attorneys with workers compensation cases from the initial filing and reco...

Apply now

Director of Originations, Litigation Finance Investments

USA-TX-Dallas

Location is flexible nationwide -- NOT only Dallas. Job Summary Rapidly growing litigatio...

Apply now

Litigation Paralegal

USA-NY-Brooklyn

Ween & Kozek, PLLC is hiring. We are a boutique law firm focused on housing and tenants’ right...

Apply now

Trademark Paralegal / Legal Assistant

USA-FL-Miami

MAVEN IP is looking for a detail-oriented full-time paralegal assistant with experience and kno...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Attorney/Landlord Tenant Associate

USA-MD-Baltimore

Baltimore office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks litigation attorney/landlord ten...

Apply Now

Trial Associate Attorney

USA-GA-Atlanta

Atlanta office of our client seeks associate attorney with 2-4 years of trial experience. The ideal ...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-FL-West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks litigation associate attor...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top