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Final Defendant in East Chicago Vote Fraud Case Gets Community Service

46 people convicted in probe of 2003 mayoral primary

9/24/2008

The last defendant in East Chicago's vote fraud investigation has been sentenced to three weeks of community service.

Utility security manager Terrance Lay was convicted of collecting someone else's absentee ballot in East Chicago's 2003 mayoral election, a race so riddled with fraud that the Indiana Supreme Court ordered a do-over.

26 city and county employees and 20 other people were found guilty.

Even though most of the sentences were light, Attorney General Steve Carter says the convictions send a clear message. He says there have been no allegations of vote fraud since the investigation began.

The 46 convictions include two East Chicago city councilmen, five police officers, two fire department employees, 17 more city or county workers, and three precinct committeemen.

Lake County is talking about expanding early voting to handle an expected record turnout in the presidential election. Carter says the county won't be under any special scrutiny.
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