Burns Harbor Police Chief Jerry Price said he was not trying to mislead anyone when he cast a ballot Tuesday at Town Hall.
The Westchester 11 polling place is the correct destination for a voter from 1184 Salt Creek Road in Burns Harbor, where Price is registered to vote and where he receives his mail.
But it does not appear to be the correct site or even the correct community for the nearby parcel where Price actually lives. That parcel is located in Portage Precinct 6, and voters there are supposed to cast ballots at the Hampton Inn at 6353 U.S. 20, according to the county's online map.
Price said he leases and maintains three contiguous lots, including the one where he lives, 1184 Salt Creek Road and one in between. The lot where he lives and the center parcel do not have mailing addresses, so he said he uses the 1184 Salt Creek Road address for mail and for his voter registration.
"There's absolutely no wrongdoing on my part," he said.
Price, who registered at the Salt Creek Road address in October 2010 and cast his first ballot from there Tuesday, serves as the Republican precinct committeeman for Westchester 11.
Patrick Lyp, a Republican member of the county election board, said Thursday the group had not yet received a challenge involving Price and would need to do so before taking up the issue.
He said, however, when challenges are brought to the board he looks for a person's intent when considering these type of matters and this situation sounds like it involves an "extraordinarily odd and unique set of circumstances."
Lyp said Price would need only request an address from the city of Portage for the parcel on which he now lives.Yep, slap the handcuffs on Police Chief Price, force him to resign his police job because his action constitutes a felony and put him on trial for committing felony vote fraud. That's exactly what is required if you believe the Charlie White standard should apply to Chief Price. He's the chief law enforcement officer in Burns Harbor and he should know better. Are Mary Beth Schneider, Matt Tully and Jim Shella listening? Sounds of crickets.