Congratulations Indiana Leaguers!
Congratulations Indiana Leaguers!
Senator Tim Lanane and Representatives Sue Errington and Melanie Wright discussed school safety, teacher raises, CAFO regulations, gender pay inequity, hate crimes legislation, and other legislation at the Legislative Update on February 9th at Maring-Hunt Library. They answered questions from the audience and listened to citizens’ concerns about education in Indiana, potholes on I-69, and other issues.
Voter Services will be doing voter registration in the high schools this spring.
The League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County partnered with the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and the Muncie Star Press to hold three candidate forums in October: October 3rd was the forum for state senate and state representative candidates; October 10th was the forum for county commissioner and county council candidates; and October 17th was the forum for county offices. The forums received extensive coverage from the Star Press as well as other media such as Indiana Public Radio. The final forum which included the Delaware County sheriff’s race had an audience estimated at two hundred people. Thanks to Chip Taylor and Darren Wheeler of the Bowen Center for moderating, to volunteers from Delta Sigma Theta for helping collect questions from the audience, and to all the League members who contributed their time and efforts to make the forums a success.
If you haven’t yet voted, make plans now for how and when you will vote! Your vote counts!
Early voting continues 8:30 to noon Monday, November 5, in the Clerk’s office in the Delaware County Building. On election day polls will be open 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Find your polling place at VOTE411.org.
If you still need to obtain your voter ID, MITS will be providing shuttle service from the Downtown MITS station to the BMV on election day 10:30 am to 6 pm on the hour and half-hour if warranted by demand. Plan to obtain your necessary documents in advance because many government offices are closed on election day. More information under PHOTO ID at https://lwvmunciedelaware.org/voter-services/ .
Go to the League of Women Voters’ VOTE411 website (https://VOTE411.org ) for additional voter information including your polling site and a personalized voting guide with candidate bios and responses to questions posed by the League. All candidates were invited and given the opportunity to share their ideas and positions with voters; not all candidates responded.
One final word: check over your ballot before hitting the SUBMIT button to be sure that each candidate you wished to select is the one appearing on your ballot.
In the last midterm election, 2014, Indiana’s voter turnout was 28%, last in the nation according to the 2014 Civic Health Index. It’s time to change that record—VOTE for the people you want to hire to work for the citizens of Muncie and Indiana!
Linda Hanson, Spokesperson
League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County
Voter Services registered over one hundred voters this fall as well as handing out absentee ballot request forms and answering questions. Volunteers went to Ball State, the Second Harvest Tailgate, the Washington Street Festival, Muncie Central High School, and other locations. We received help from Delta Sigma Theta and the NAACP.
Nicole Etcheson gave a talk about “Why You Should Vote” to two Ball State elementary education classes. Nicole and Cindy Peters presented on “What Happens When You Vote” and had a table at the Whitley Neighborhood Association. (Stacey Ingram prepared the presentation but was unable to be there.)
The League, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State, and the Star-Press sponsored three candidate forums in October for state senators, state representatives, county commissioner, county council, and county officer candidates. The Bowen Center provided moderators Charles Taylor and Darren Wheeler. Robin Gibson of the Star-Press covered the forums. Delta Sigma Theta provided volunteers. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Vote411, the League’s website with candidate answers to questions, finally has information about Muncie-Delaware County candidates. Thanks to Teresa Basey for her tech savvy in getting it up and running. Please check it out and spread the word.
Finally, MITS is providing bus service to the driver’s license branch for voters to get their voter identification. Buses leave from the downtown bus station on the hour and half hour as needed. This service will run the week before the election and on election day. Please pass the word about this service.
The Vote by Mail program on Saturday, 14 October, provided compelling information to support Vote by Mail legislation in the next session of our legislature—not least of which is that it would save Indiana tax payers an estimated $4.4 million dollars!
Indiana Vote by Mail is a non-partisan organization working to enact legislation to simplify the voting process, eliminate voting lines, and increase voter participation. Barb Tully and Jenny Young addressed barriers to voting that would be eliminated by enabling Vote by Mail and cited successes in Oregon and Colorado—with greatly increased voter participation.
How Does Vote by Mail Work?
Linda photographed this drop box in Limon, CO, in August.