2016 Elections

Indiana Elections 2016: State Updates

Nov 8, 2016
Eric Weddle / WFYI

10:47 p.m. -- HOLCOMB GIVES VICTORY SPEECH AT GOP WATCH PARTY

GOP Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb beat challenger John Gregg to become the next governor. Holcomb talks at the Indiana GOP election watch party at the GW Marriot in Downtown Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

10:06 p.m. -- AP CALLS STATE SUPERINTENDENT RACE

McCormick defeated incumbent Glenda Ritz (D) for the superintendent seat.

9:51 p.m. -- TODD YOUNG GIVES U.S. SENATE VICTORY SPEECH

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

In an election year that’s been frustrating for so many, students at Lafayette’s Jefferson High School marched to the polls Tuesday with a sense of forward-looking optimism.

The day dawned rainy, but it had let up by the time the first group of Jeff High students walked across 18th Street to the county fairgrounds around 8:15 a.m.

Some of these students, who are studying government and American history, have turned 18 in time to vote for the first time.

Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA News

With nearly 32,600 ballots cast by the early voting deadline on Monday, Tippecanoe County was about 4,300 votes short of the early voting record set in 2008.

In the final four hours of early voting between 8 a.m. and noon, several hundred voters endured a 2 ½ hour wait in a line that line stretched from the sidewalk outside the county office building, up several flights of stairs to the election office on the third floor.

Courtney Stephenson says she has to work on Election Day, so she decided to wait her turn on Monday.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

Voters hoping to cast their ballots on the final day of early voting Monday faced massive lines and hours-long waits, although there were worse days to be stuck in line outside. 

The early voters waiting at the Tippecanoe County Office Building enjoyed crystal blue skies and balmy 70-degree temperatures during what, for some, was a three-hour wait. 

At least one person came to vote, saw the sign advertising the long wait and left.

Tippecanoe County’s Timothy Rodriquez was voting early because he was going to be out-of-state Tuesday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hoosiers will find a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November for the first time in six years.

This amendment would protect a citizen’s right to hunt and fish. 

But Indiana Public Broadcasting's Nick Janzen reports some people are wondering what the amendment will actually do.

Public Question number 1 asks voters to “forever preserve” a Hoosier’s right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

City of West Lafayette

The mayor ruffled some Republican feathers a year ago by endorsing a couple candidates who weren’t Republicans.

This year, a state house race covering his city is one of the most watched in Indiana. Find out who the mayor has endorsed and why.

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The tone of Indiana’s Senate race turned sharply negative essentially since Evan Bayh joined the campaign in July.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talks to some of the candidates about that tone and explores what impact it will have as the race enters its final stretch.

If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio in Indiana the last few months, you’ve probably heard an ad like this:  “Bailout Bayh. A sellout, not a senator.”

And this: “Congressman Todd Young will hurt our families.”

Patriot Majority USA, the group behind an Indiana voter registration effort currently being investigated by the State Police, wants some records of that investigation unsealed.

More than a month ago, the State Police began investigating the Indiana Voter Registration Project for possible voter fraud.

That came after reports that some registration applications had missing or incorrect information.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Like a lot of college towns, Crawfordsville has a high percentage of rental properties – almost half the town’s residences are landlord-owned.

Also like a lot of college towns, the city sometimes has to crack down on owners of derelict properties which see more than their fair share of police calls.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we talk with Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton about how he’s trying to tackle that problem.

K. Latham / https://www.flickr.com/photos/programwitch/

Indiana voters have 15 options to choose from if they want to write in a candidate for President in this year's election. Many Republicans who are dissatisfied with Donald Trump have announced their intention to write in Mike Pence for president, but that write-in could end up being a vote for Trump anyway.

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