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Federal judge orders creation of early satellite voting in Indiana county

Federal judge orders creation of early satellite voting in Indiana county
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A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that an Indiana county is required to establish at least two early voting locations ahead of the November midterm elections.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled in favor of watchdog group Common Cause and the NAACP in a lawsuit filed in 2017 that alleged Marion County, Ind., did not provide equal ballot access when it limited early voting options.

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Officials previously only set up one early voting location in the entire county, which the plaintiffs argued violated voting rights, especially for minority voters.

Barker said in her ruling Wednesday that the court would not require county officials to set up early voting precincts ahead of the May 8 primary elections, according to a local media report. 

The Indiana Lawyer reported that the Marion County Election Board had offered two to four early voting locations in the past, but in recent years had winnowed early voting options.