CHICAGO
11/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Judge Keeps Early Voting Centers Open

A judge has ruled that early voting centers in northwest Indiana will remain open.

Local Republicans had alleged that setting up different satellite voting locations in Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and Crown Point is illegal. The GOP also claimed the system invites both fraud and phony registrations.

Democrats say the Republicans are trying to disenfranchise minority voters in a state that Barack Obama has a chance to win. On Monday, special Judge Diane Kavadias-Schneider personally visited each of the early voting locations in Lake County. She wanted to see the safeguards for herself.

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Read a portion of the judge's decision here.