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September 24 is National Voter Registration Day and political groups across the state are pushing to sign up new voters.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, college students in Muncie say they’re also trying to move immediate focus from 2020 to this fall’s local elections.

At a Ball State College Democrats table strewn with voter registration forms, stickers, and lollipops, students J. Galloway and Andy Hoffman are asking people if they want to register to vote – even those that don’t make eye contact as they speed-walk past the table.

City of West Lafayette

Purdue students planning to vote this year have new ID rules to contend with. And with about three months to go until Election Day, what can the city of West Lafayette do to help ensure these voters make it to the ballot box?

Christina Hale Announces Run For Congress

Jul 12, 2019

Former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Christina Hale announced Thursday she’s running for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Hale is the second Democrat to throw their hat in the ring since incumbent Republican Susan Brooks announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.

Hale served in the General Assembly from 2012 until 2016, when she ran for lieutenant governor.

She will face Democrat Dee Thornton in the primary. Thornton will officially announce her candidacy on July 15. Hale says her political background sets her apart from her primary opponent.

Study Committee Considers Automatic Voter Registration

Aug 30, 2017

Members of a legislative study committee Wednesday debated the merits of automatic voter registration. The discussion was part of an examination of election laws’ impact on voter participation.

Ten states in the country have some form of automatic voter registration. In most of them, citizens are registered to vote while doing other business at the BMV.

Advocates say the system could increase voter turnout.

Tipp Co Cuts Ties With Election Software Company

May 13, 2016
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Six months before the November general election, the Tippecanoe County Election Board is shopping for a new contractor to provide computer software needed to run the voting system.

The three-member board voted Friday to cancel the county’s contract with Robis Elections, based in Wheaton, Illinois.

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The ACLU says an Indiana law barring voters from taking pictures of their ballot in the voting booth violates the First Amendment, but the state is countering that the legislature is trying to prevent voter fraud. 

Each side presented their arguments in a federal court hearing Tuesday.

The state offered several potential problems the so-called “ballot selfie” law seeks to prevent: taking photos of one’s ballot could help facilitate buying and selling votes.  Barring pictures of a ballot could also help prevent voter intimidation and coercion. 

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The next Democratic presidential nominee could be the oldest in the party’s history. Democrats have only nominated one non-incumbent over 60 since 1880, but frontrunner Hillary Clinton turns 68 this year  and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) turns 74 in September. 

Both candidates would set the record for the party’s oldest nominee, and Sanders would be the oldest first-term nominee in U.S. history.

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Only 31-percent of registered voters in Tippecanoe County actually voted in last year’s general election. That anemic turnout was still double what the primary election registered. Both elections were in keeping with similar trends at the state level.

The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters, the Hanna Community Center and the group Citizens for Civil Rights are trying to address those worrying statistics by pondering an age-old problem: how to get young and minority voters more invested in politics.

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Now that a controversial bill that would have eliminated straight-ticket voting in Indiana is dead for this session, its authors are trying to find a vehicle for one of the bill’s other provisions.

After two Republican state representatives announced after last year’s filing deadline that, if elected, they would not serve, statehouse leaders began to work on a fix.

IU-Kokomo Professor To Help Monitor Ukraine Elections

May 14, 2014
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An Indiana professor will be among 900 volunteers in Ukraine to help monitor the country‘s upcoming presidential election.

IU- Kokomo Professor Kathy Parkison, an economics professor and the interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will be one of the observers keeping watch at the polling places for signs of voter intimidation or voter fraud.

“You watch the closing, you watch the count. You verify that if they had 35 votes for this and 50 votes for that, or whatever the number is, that they write down 35 and 50,” Parkison says.