In 2014, Indiana had slightly over 28 percent of its eligible voters cast their ballot. Sadly, the Hoosier state had the lowest voter turnout in the nation. We can change this statistic this year by everyone aged 18 and older exercising their right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. A higher turnout makes our democracy more representative of what we want out of our government.
There is more than just the presidential candidates on the ballot. There is an amendment question regarding our state’s constitution, and you have a say in who is on our school board and who will run our local, state and federal governments. To see who and what is on your ballot, visit www.indianavoters.in.gov.
How the president is elected can be confusing. The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College in the U.S. Constitution as a compromise between a vote in Congress and the popular vote of our nation’s citizens to choose our next president. The college is made up of each state’s total number of representatives in the U.S. House and Senate – a grand total of 538 electors. Indiana has 11 electors representing the Hoosier state. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president. Our state is known as a “winner-take-all” state, so whoever wins the most votes in Indiana will receive all 11 votes from Indiana’s electors.
If you don’t want to wait in the long lines on Election Day, you have the option to vote early. Early voting is happening now through Nov. 7. You can also download the Indiana Voters mobile app to look up your polling place, get driving directions to your polling location, find out who’s on your ballot and contact local election officials. To download the app go to either www.itunes.apple.com/AppStore or www.play.google.com/store/apps. This is a full service app to make voting easy for you, making election information accessible from anywhere.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
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