EDITORIAL: Stop squabbling at voters' expense

2014-03-23T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: Stop squabbling at voters' expense nwitimes.com
March 23, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Election shenanigans have already begun in Porter County.

Porter County Clerk Karen Martin, a Republican, ordered the locks changed at the voter registration office March 10.

She also announced she was temporarily denying keys to the staff.

Kathryn Kozuszek, the Democratic director of that office, is running against Martin in the general election this fall.

Martin said she is acting after a theft report. But denying keys to the staff? That smacks of a political power play.

"One hundred percent politics," Kozuszek said.

Martin said Kozuszek shouldn't have placed a web camera at her desk because of thefts. Martin said she is concerned about the presence of a camera where early voting is taking place.

Kozuszek said the camera was brought in because she believes others have been going through her desk and office area, which are open to the rest of the office.

Martin said March 12 she intended to return keys to the office staff with the requirement that one Republican and one Democrat be present to unlock the door.

"It's not personal," she said.

But then the Porter County Election Board squabbled March 14 on early voting in the Porter County Administration Building because Kozuszek's office is near where the early voting traditionally takes place.

So who were the complainers? Martin and one other Republican representative on the Election Board.

Another location in the building easily could, and should, have been chosen, but that didn't happen. The Democrats and Republicans on the board were too busy fighting each other than to come to a reasonable solution for the public's benefit.

In jockeying for position, the partisans seem to have forgotten they are public servants.

Porter County has seen too much of this political squabbling already in other offices. Don't let it spread to the clerk and voter registration offices as well.

The candidates should treat each other with respect if they expect to with the voters' respect.

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