Elections & Politics

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Indiana saw the highest voter turnout for municipal elections in recent memory during this month’s race, even though only 20.5 percent of all eligible voters made their way to the polls.

Because it was a municipal election, only about 60 percent of all registered people were eligible to vote -- about 2.7 million voters.

Angie Nussmeyer of the Indiana Election Division says in 2011, 15 percent al all eligible voters voted in municipal elections, and in 2007, only 14 voted. She says the number of contested mayoral races probably led to this year’s jump.

Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder Won't Seek Reelection

Nov 19, 2015
Carlin Yoder / Indiana Senate Republicans

Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder has announced he won't run for a third term.

Yoder says the long drive from northern Indiana leaves him away from his family too much. He says he's got two kids playing basketball, and he and his wife are in the midst of adopting their fifth child.

“We have four kids, three still at home, and we’re in the middle of adopting another child who is not an infant, so a little older, and I’m three hours away from the Statehouse,” Yoder says.

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At a Friday meeting to certify votes from last week’s municipal elections in Tippecanoe County, a Democratic candidate for West Lafayette City Council alleged widespread problems with the voting process.

Third District Democrat Joelle Jones, who lost a three-way race in her district, doesn’t dispute her outcome, but says she’s more concerned about the process.

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Two current Indianapolis city-county councilors will go head-to-head in pursuit of a seat in the state Senate.

Jefferson Shreve is kicking off his campaign for the seat being vacated by Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood), weeks after fellow Republican Jack Sandlin threw his hat in the ring. Shreve praises Sandlin's work on the council, but argues his own credentials are better suited to the legislature than Sandlin's public-safety resume.

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Indianapolis Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett (D) and outgoing Mayor Greg Ballard (R) are pledging a smooth transition from a Republican administration to a Democratic one.