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BREAKING: Indiana GOP sues SJC Clerk/Election Board

Rita Glenn disposes of documents
County Clerk Rita Glenn disposes of several documents after enter and exiting the secured absentee ballot area alone the day before the 2022 primary election and 20 minutes after the close of business hours.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. — The Indiana Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against Democrat St. Joseph County Clerk, Rita Glenn, and the Democrat member of the county Election Board. All of it is connected to (and follows) a REAL News Michiana investigation that uncovered video of Glenn illegally entering the secured absentee ballot area, alone, after hours. Glenn is then seen disposing of several documents after exiting the room.

On Friday, Glenn and the Democrat member of the Election Board, Charles Leone, passed a resolution essentially absolving Glenn of any wrongdoing and giving her plenary power to handle absentee ballots without bipartisan observation, which is a blatant violation of state law, which resulted in the lawsuit.

The litigation was filed in Marshall County because Glenn is the Clerk of the Circuit Court in St. Joseph County and, if filed in St. Joseph County, would have to accept the filing of a lawsuit against herself.

The following is a news release sent out on October 10th by the Indiana Republican Party.

The Indiana Republican Party, the St. Joseph County Republican Party, and Thomas Dixon, in his capacity as the Republican member of the St. Joseph County Election Board, today jointly filed a lawsuit against Rita Glenn and Charles Leone, Democrat members of the St. Joseph County Election Board. The lawsuit seeks to stop the enforcement of a resolution that would strip the Republican-appointed member of the St. Joseph County Election Board of their statutory right to review signatures on absentee ballots, to lock access of absentee ballots, and to secure the lock key for their respective party.

This comes after local news outlets in St. Joseph County published stories alleging that Rita Glenn, clerk of the St. Joseph County Circuit Court and secretary of the St. Joseph County Election Board, may have unlawfully accessed absentee ballots during the 2022 primary, a matter this is currently under investigation by the Indiana State Police. 

“Last week, the Democrat members of the St. Joseph County Election Board failed the citizens of their county by making the egregious decision to eliminate all bipartisan safeguards surrounding absentee ballots,” stated Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. “This is an affront to free, fair, and transparent elections, and should immediately be reversed by the courts.”

Background

On October 7, 2022, the St. Joseph County Election Board passed a resolution that delegated the statutory duties and responsibilities of the St. Joseph County Election Board members to Rita Glenn in her capacity as clerk of the St. Joseph County Circuit Court.

The resolution passed 2-1, with Thomas Dixon, the Republican member of the board, voting against its passage.

On Oct. 10, 2022, the Indiana Republican Party, the St. Joseph County Republican Party, and Thomas Dixon, in his capacity as the Republican member of the St. Joseph County Election Board, jointly filed a lawsuit against Rita Glenn and Charles Leone, Democrat members of the St. Joseph County Election Board, to stop the enforcement of the resolution.

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