(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on December 10, 2011, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, has denied a motion by the State of Indiana to dismiss a Judicial Watch/True the Vote lawsuit (Judicial Watch, et al. v. King, et al. (No. 1:12-cv-00800)) against Indiana election officials alleging violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Judicial Watch and its co-plaintiff and client, True the Vote, allege that the State of Indiana failed to maintain clean voter registration lists as required by the NVRA.
The State of Indiana moved to dismiss the lawsuit alleging that True the Vote, a grassroots election integrity watchdog, and Judicial Watch did not have standing within the state to bring the lawsuit and, therefore, could not sue Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Indiana Election Division Directors J. Bradley Kind and Trent Deckard in their official capacity. But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawson ruled that the lawsuit can proceed in its entirety.
The case began on February 6, 2012, when Judicial Watch notified Indiana election officials by letter that the state is in violation of the NVRA, having failed to clean its voting records to the extent that “the number of persons registered to vote exceeded the total voting population in twelve Indian counties.” The Judicial Watch letter also requested that the State of Indiana make available for public inspection all records concerning “the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency” of official lists of eligible voters, per Section 8 of the NVRA.
The State of Indiana responded by summarily dismissing these concerns about the rolls and by flatly refusing to produce documents about this issue. On June 11, 2012, Judicial Watch filed suit.
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