Elections & Politics

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

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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.

Hoosiers Break Early Voting Record, Near-Record Turnout In Tippecanoe County

Nov 4, 2016
Jashin Lin / WTIU News

More Hoosiers have voted early this year than during the previous two Presidential elections.

And, state election officials expect that number will continue to climb until early voting ends at noon Monday.

Unlike absentee voting, any registered voter can vote early in-person for any reason. And Hoosiers are taking advantage of that by the thousands.

In 2008, more than 662,000 Hoosiers voted early.  By Friday afternoon, Indiana voters had exceeded that record by more than 2,000 people –nearly 14 percent of registered voters.

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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.”

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An Indiana University law professor says state officials’ handling of a possible voter fraud investigation threatens the legitimacy of the election. 

An investigation into a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project has led to accusations of voter fraud from the State Police and Secretary of State.

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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.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Democratic Party Thursday accused Secretary of State Connie Lawson of incompetence, partisanship and inflammatory rhetoric surrounding recent voter fraud allegations.

About a month ago, the Indiana State Police began investigating a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project for possible voter fraud.

That progressive advocacy group then accused state Republicans of inhibiting liberal get-out-the-vote efforts. The police investigation is now in 56 counties.

Jashin Lin / WTIU News

The three candidates for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat met Tuesday in a debate marked by pointed attacks. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.

For Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh, the debate was as much about their opponent as it was themselves.

Young repeatedly attacked Bayh for his support of Obamacare, which Young calls a “millstone” around the economy.

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Thousands of Hoosier voters’ registration information has been changed – leaving many unsure if they’re still registered.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office received complaints from voters who couldn’t find their registration information or discovered that information had been changed.

That includes changes to first names and birth dates.

Lawson’s office says it discovered thousands of records have been altered and has passed that information onto the State Police for an investigation of possible voter fraud.

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