Hoosiers, your vote matters.
I know it’s been a long and contentious campaign season here in Indiana and nationally. I’m with you in feeling frustrated. I don’t think it’s possible for me to listen to one more television ad about who does business in China or Mexico.
But we’re so close to the finish line. And I hope that through all the rhetoric and mudslinging, you’ve done your homework related to the issues that are so important to our state and country.
Because frankly, we need to do better.
In recent years, Indiana has been among the states with the lowest voter turnout. In the 2016 general election, Indiana fell in the bottom 15 states for turnout and in 2014 had one of the lowest turnout rates in the country.
In Marion County less than 16 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the primary, and in Hamilton County, less than 19 percent did so.
This midterm election represents important local issues, including Indianapolis Public Schools and Noblesville Schools referendums; several statewide offices, including House and Senate races, secretary of state and treasurer; and an opportunity to select a U.S. senator and several members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
IndyStar’s news operation has spent months helping readers understand where candidates stand on key issues. If you need a refresher, please consult IndyStar voter’s guide.
The IndyStar Editorial Board is not issuing a formal endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race. Instead, the board is publishing two editorials about the front runners. One makes the case for the election of Republican Mike Braun. The other explains why incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly should be re-elected. Libertarian Lucy Brenton also is on the ballot.
On Monday, look for online op-eds from each candidate, who will explain to Indiana voters in their own words why they are the best candidate for U.S. Senate. The op-eds will run in print editions on Election Day.
It is our job to help you make smart choices at the polls; not tell you how to vote. You must decide which candidates best align with your values and political ideology.
Now, more than ever, I ask that you to reach out to family members, friends and neighbors and encourage them to vote Tuesday. Let your voice be heard.
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