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Be an informed voter

My Opinion
Ross Schulz, Staff Writer

As the yard signs and bumper stickers can attest, the Nov. 6 General Election is fast approaching and is now almost exactly one month away.
Many get-out-the-vote campaigns have taken place through the years, and those are fine, but more of a push should be made for informed voters to get out the vote.
Locally, there’s all sorts of opportunities for voters to become informed about the Harrison County and state races.
First and foremost, beginning with this newspaper, candidate profiles will be published with pertinent information, questions and answers and contact information for the voters.
The profiles, which will appear weekly from now through Oct. 24, will feature all contested county races, including school boards, Ninth Congressional District 9, U.S. Senate and Indiana State Representative Districts 70 and 73.
Also, two events are scheduled near the end of the month in Corydon for voters to become more acquainted with candidates.
First, on Monday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., O’Bannon Publishing Co. will host a debate with Ninth District Congressman Todd Young, R-Bloomington, and his challenger, Shelli Yoder, D-Bloomington. Details about the debate will be published next week.
Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, beginning at about 5 p.m., the Indiana Farm Bureau ‘meet the candidates’ get-together will take place at the Farm Bureau building. Candidates will be given a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and give their thoughts about issues.
As for the other state and national races, debates will be held throughout the month with some venues close to home.
The gubernatorial debates for governor candidates Mike Pence (Republican), John Gregg (Democrat) and Rupert Boneham (Libertarian) will be Oct. 10, 17 and 25.
Also, on Oct. 15, Senate candidates Joe Donnelly (Democrat), Richard Mourdock (Republican) and Andrew Horning (Libertarian) will have a debate and will do so again on Oct. 23 in New Albany at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center at Indiana University Southeast.
The first presidential debate will be tonight (Wednesday) from 9 to 10:30. The last two debates will be Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 22. All major networks will carry the presidential debates.
There will be just one vice presidential debate, Thursday, Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
Regardless of the party or candidate a voter supports, everyone should enter the booth with knowledge of who they’re voting for and why they’re doing it.