Earlier this month, the Marion County Board of Elections ruled Sen. Lugar has not maintained a residence in the precinct where he votes so he should not be allowed to vote there anymore. The county election board cited the fact Sen. Lugar and Charlene sold their Indianapolis home in 1977.
The judge could grant a preliminary injunction Friday, which would allow the senator and his wife to vote in the May 8 primary while the case is being resolved.
The senator’s office said the constant hammering of the residency issue is destructive politics and we should instead be focusing on what is important to the voter. However, those challenging the issue feel this issue is important to the voter.
"The attorney general and the Lugar's have argued that no physical presence is required because they proved residence at the time of his election and continuously served,” Larry Welsh, the attorney representing the petitioner and challenger of Lugar voter registration status. “He feels he’s no longer required under the Constitution to show he has a residence in the state of Indiana."
The hearing is at 11 a.m. Friday.