GOP Again Shoots Down Satellite Voting
Political Feud Brews At Election Board Meeting
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Satellite voting was again scuttled at a Marion County Election Board meeting Monday morning in a reaffirmation of Republican opposition to Clerk Beth White's plan.Patrick Dietrick, the lone Republican on the Democrat-controlled board, voted against the plan, citing cost and security concerns.Dietrick's vote means there won't be early voting anywhere other than the Marion County Clerk's Office, because approval of satellite voting locations requires a unanimous vote.The board has met several times in recent months on the same issue. Each time, Dietrick opposed satellite voting.The issue has become a political hot potato in Marion County, with White and the Democrats blasting Republican efforts, claiming they are trying to suppress turnout. Republicans said Democrats have tried to place satellite voting centers in heavily Democratic neighborhoods."I believe Republicans ought to agree to this option. I don't know if it has a political impact," White said. "I don't know whether it benefits Democrats or Republicans, and I don't care. What I care about is making that option available to the people of this community."In the November 2008 election, 38,000 people voted at satellite sites and it cost about $120,000 to operate the polling places.White said that her plan for 2010 would have cost about $53,000.Dietrick said that given economic conditions, satellite voting isn't needed."Anybody in this county that chooses not to vote on Election Day, or is unable to vote on Election Day has more than ample opportunities to get their vote voted," Dietrick said.GOP Chairman Tom John held a news conference later in the day and distributed a video that he said is the real reason White wants satellite voting. In the video, White said she will fight for votes to send Rep. Andre Carson back to Congress.White told 6News she was at a voter's registration rally and was talking as a candidate at the time. She stands by her position that satellite voting should be permitted.