- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has determined that a statute governing the election of Marion County judges is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Richard Young made his ruling Thursday in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The group filed the lawsuit in November 2012 on behalf of Common Cause Indiana.

Young found the law didn’t effectively allow voters to make a decision. The primary election is conducted by the two major political parties, each is able to nominate candidates to fill exactly half of the open seats in Marion Superior Court. This means the candidates who receive party nominations in the primary can’t lose in the general election.

The decision will not affect the election in November.

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