Polling site locations and who gets access to the voter registration records have touched off simultaneous controversies that are heating up the election season as May 8 grows closer.
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The other controversy is which judicial candidates have access to the all important information in the voter registration file.
Apparently, unslated judicial candidates on both sides of the aisle are not able to get voter registration records because the Board of Voter Registration (one Democrat and One Republican) will not release the information. The Election Board today voted 2-1 to withhold the information from unslated judicial candidates because it's still apparently reviewing the situation and trying to develop a policy. Critics like Republican non-slated judicial candidate Paul Ogden say this is circumventing Indiana Law. He also claims that the party bosses Ed Treacy and Kyle Walker are just trying to protect their slates by appointing people that will do their bidding to the Board of Voter Registration and the Election Board.
According to Ogden, the only publicly-elected official to weigh in on this is Beth White, the Marion County Clerk, and she sides with the people wishing that the list be released to any candidate running because that is precedent and good public policy.
To me, the solution seems simple. If it is a public record, then it should be available to the public. That includes candidates that have the audacity to challenge the slate.
With all of that said, I believe the Marion County Democratic slate of judges deserve your vote, and I will be voting for all of them. That's Judge Linda Brown, Judge Tom Carroll, John Chavis, Judge Steve Eichholtz, Judge John Hanley, Judge Grant Hawkins, Judge Becky Pierson-Treacy, Judge Jose Salinas, Judge Mark Stoner, and Judge Heather Welch