Elections & Politics

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A scheduled test of Tippecanoe County’s new voter check-in equipment had to be postponed Monday when the company that supplies ballots failed to deliver a computer file in time.

The file, which gives audio of each candidate’s name and party affiliation, is used by voting machines to assist visually-impaired voters.

That prevented a public run-through of new technology the county has purchased from Votec – technology County Clerk Christa Coffey says she’s expecting the first delivery of this week.

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Indiana’s redistricting study committee discussed Monday some of the finer details of what redistricting reform would look like.

The study committee’s discussion – and much of the public testimony – focused on the formation, size and makeup of an independent redistricting commission, similar to those in other states.

The Coalition for Redistricting Reform, a private group of reform advocates, brought the committee a detailed plan for creating a nine-member commission. 

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The United Auto Workers union is criticizing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young for his past comments on the auto industry bailout.

UAW officials gathered in three union halls around the state Thursday to publicly attack Young.

The events coincide with a new ad from the Evan Bayh campaign. Both criticize Young for comments he made during his first congressional run in 2010, calling the federal auto industry bailout a “waste.”

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Three prominent Hoosier farmers will be part of the agricultural advisory committee for the Trump-Pence campaign.

The Indiana-based co-chairs of Trump's agriculture committee represent three of the largest and most well-connected farm businesses in the state and the country.

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Republican precinct committeemen in Indiana’s 4th and 5th congressional districts voted Saturday to return Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks to their reelection campaigns.

U-S Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita each withdrew from their House races last month to vie for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, vacated when Mike Pence joined the presidential ticket.

When Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb got the nod, Brooks and Rokita immediately announced their intentions to return to their reelection campaigns.

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U.S. Representatives Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks will seek to officially return to their congressional races Saturday.

Precinct committeemen in the 4th and 5th districts will meet to fill ballot vacancies created when Brooks and Rokita sought to replace Mike Pence on the GOP's gubernatorial ballot.

Immediately after Eric Holcomb became the nominee for governor, Rokita and Brooks announced their intentions to return to their reelection campaigns.

Election Board Hopes New System Solves Polling Woes

Aug 11, 2016
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Tippecanoe County officials are hoping a new check-in system will make Election Day less stressful for both voters and volunteers.

The last several election cycles have been plagued with problems related to the county’s check-in system, from long waits for voters to stressful situations for volunteers. For example, the e-pollbooks have had difficulty connecting with the county’s voter database, and last November, an issue with the system distributed the wrong ballot to nearly 100 people during early voting.

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Two candidates for Indiana Lieutenant Governor met Tuesday in a debate that touched on topics ranging from rural and agricultural issues to infrastructure, government regulation, and annexation.

An oft-mentioned issue was the need for greater broadband accessibility in rural Indiana.

Republican Suzanne Crouch says more private grants are becoming available to address that issue.

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Indiana’s race for U.S. Senate between Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh is going negative, with no end in sight.

Almost immediately after Evan Bayh entered the race a few weeks ago, the Young campaign and its national Republican backers began their attacks, focusing on whether Bayh lives in Indiana.

The negativity permeates the two candidates’ personal interactions.  Here’s Bayh and Young greeting each other at the State Fair last week.

Bayh: “Hey Todd, how are you?”

Young: “Did you just fly in this morning?”

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The Indiana Republican Party’s gubernatorial ticket is now set, with Eric Holcomb and Suzanne Crouch running for governor and lieutenant governor.

Crouch is looking to make another move up the political ladder. The current State Auditor has been a county auditor, county commissioner and state representative. And she says those experiences will help inform her run for lieutenant governor.

“I understand local government,” she said today. “I’ve walked in their shoes and I know how important sound fiscal management is to the success of all of us.”

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