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Lugar Will Register to Vote With Family Farm Address

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., will register to vote from the address of a family farm in the state, his campaign announced on Friday.

"Today, the court has obtained from the Marion County Election Board assurances that the Lugars may vote from the Lugar family farm which has been in the family for generations and has been managed by Senator Lugar continuously for many years, and this is now where they should vote," Lugar's campaign said in a statement. "With this new legal guidance the issue of the Lugars' voting registration is resolved. Any further challenge will clearly be nothing more than continued pettiness on the part of a handful of disgruntled political opponents."

Earlier this month, the board voted along party lines to find him ineligible to vote from his current address in the state. Lugar has been registered to vote from the address of a home he sold in 1977. He currently lives in northern Virginia.

Last month, the state Election Commission denied a challenge to his electoral eligibility and the attorney general issued a non-binding opinion that found no fault with Lugar's residency status.

Friday's decision gives Lugar some more legal cover. But like most of Lugar's residency saga, the practical consequences are less important than the collateral political toll. From an Indianapolis Star February story:

Lugar, who said he stayed Sunday night at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, owns a Marion County farm, though the residence on it is leased to someone else.

Asked whether it wouldn't be simpler to say the farm is his residence, Lugar said: "Well, it would be untruthful. I do not live there."

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