Let’s be honest: Republicans have gamed Indiana’s voting system to their advantage. They gerrymandered congressional and legislative districts in their favor after the 2010 Census, helping the party gain supermajorities in the Indiana House and Senate. They’ve also suppressed the number of early voting sites in Democratic areas while encouraging their expansion in counties where Republicans dominate. Consider that in Marion County, population 939,000, voters can cast early ballots at only one location, at the City-County Building in congested Downtown. Republicans repeatedly have blocked proposals to open more voting centers in Indy.
But in Hamilton County, population 309,000, voters enjoy the convenience of three early voting sites. And Republicans there, in a county where Democrats often struggle to field candidates, support opening more centers.
The results are not surprising. As IndyStar reporter Fatima Hussein documented, the number of early ballots has sharply increased in recent years in Republican-heavy Hamilton County and declined in Democratic-friendly Marion County.
Full Article: Editorial: Here’s how to fix Indiana’s rigged voting system.