Indianapolis, August 6 (AP) - The Indiana Supreme Court says supporters of
long-time East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick bought absentee votes
to get him re-elected last year.
The state's highest court Friday ordered a new election because
of pervasive corruption in the Democratic primary in which Pastrick
defeated George Pabey by 123 votes. Patrick then handily won
re-election in the Democratic stronghold.
The Supreme Court agreed with a lower court that Pastrick's
supporters paid people to cast absentee ballots in the race.
Pastrick outpolled Pabey by nearly 500 votes on absentee ballots.
Attorney General Steve Carter says he's not aware of any of any
other case in which the Indiana Supreme Court ordered a new
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