Every Vote Counts, Especially in Local Elections


Tomorrow is Election Day. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. local time in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. In-person absentee voting wraps up today at noon at the courthouse. If you wait until tomorrow to vote, you will need to do so at your local precinct. County historian Ed Hasnerl says every vote counts, especially in local races.

“There have been many elections decided by one or two votes. We had a mayoral primary here where the winning person was elected by one vote.”

Primary election voters have to declare a party affiliation. Hasnerl cautions voters who are considering crossing over to think carefully before doing so, as there may be unintended consequences. Some boards and committees are balanced politically, and require the person serving to be either a Democrat or a Republican.

Even though there are some hotly-contested races on the ballot, Hasnerl predicts a “shameful” turnout of 50-percent if we’re lucky. He says the sheriff’s races will bring more people out, but a respectable turnout should be closer to 90 percent. In past years, Find a complete list of candidates on our  Election Central page http://www.wkvi.com/election-central/. We will be on the air tomorrow night with election results and live reports from the Starke, Pulaski and Marshall County Courthouses after the polls close.