INDIANAPOLIS — For the second election in a row, Democratic House candidate Rosa Maria Rodriguez failed to persuade the Indiana Election Commission that Democratic state Rep. Earl Harris Jr., lives somewhere other than his hometown of East Chicago.
The commission voted 4-0 Friday to reject Rodriguez's attempt to remove Harris from the May 8 primary ballot after concluding that Rodriguez presented insufficient evidence for her claim that Harris is an Indianapolis resident.
Rodriguez did provide an abundance of documents that she said showed Harris did not live in House District 2 in 2015 or 2016.
But the Republican and Democratic commissioners agreed that material was not relevant as Harris only needs to have lived in East Chicago since November to qualify for the 2018 ballot.
Moreover, the same documents offered by Rodriguez to the commission in 2016 were then deemed inadequate to sustain a challenge to Harris' East Chicago residency.
Rodriguez was undeterred: "Mr. Harris does not live in my community and for him to continue representing it is illegal," she said.