Lugar's Residency Troubles

By Henry Graebe, 03/15/12

Today, the Marion County Election Board in Indiana ruled that Senator Dick Lugar is ineligible to vote in his own precinct. This is due to the fact that, after winning a seat in the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1977, Lugar promptly sold his home in Indianapolis, IN and decided to reside solely in McLean, VA. 

The Constitution is very clear on this issue.  It explicitly states, “No Person shall be a Senator who shall not…be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.”  So despite having lived only in Virginia for the past 35 years, Lugar has continued to be reelected to represent Indiana.  Seems to be a problem, right?  Not for Dick Lugar. 

Recently, The Daily Beast published an article outlining the tough primary that is soon approaching for the Senator on May 8.  In the article, Lugar continues to defend his Indiana residency.  He claims that a military exemption, which allows soldiers to maintain their last official address to vote while deployed, applies to him as well.  He proceeded by stating, “When I went off to serve my country in the Navy it was exactly the same situation.” 

Unfortunately for him, it is not the same situation.  Lugar is no longer a member of the military and therefore does not qualify for the military exemption. He admitted that he was not sure which address was on his driver’s license, although he continues to renew it with the same outdated address that has been occupied by a separate family. 

After 35 years of living in Washington, Senator Lugar has become out of touch with both Hoosiers and the Constitution. It’s time to send him home… wherever that may be.