The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for equal application of the laws, prohibiting states from denying any person the equal protection of its laws.
Voting is a constitutional right, and it's one all Hoosiers should be proud to exercise. But thousands of Indiana citizens think that because they've been incarcerated, they can no longer participate in the voting rights guaranteed to them by the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. This de facto voter disenfranchisement ripples across generations and communities, creating an entire class of people who don't exercise their rights to vote.
The Supreme Court of the United States has long held that the right of suffrage is fundamental in a free and democratic society, and exercising voting rights in an unimpaired manner is preservative of other basic civil and political rights, such as those guaranteed by the First Amendment. But voters in Marion County have less influence than they may think about which judges are chosen for the Marion Superior Court. The system for electing judges in Marion County is unique in Indiana, and possibly the nation.
Floyd Township in Putnam County, Ind., is growing so rapidly that, in the last census, its population rose nearly five times more than the least populated township in the county. Despite the Indiana law requiring school districts to be reapportioned before an election to account for this kind of growth, the Putnam County school board election in 2012 gave each township the ability to elect just one school board member.