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Election time again

The new year is a big one in politics, with the election of a new president on the horizon.
Locally and statewide, 2016 will have a number of races with major political ramifications as well.
Residents in Harrison County interested in running for political office this year can now sign up at the Harrison County Clerk’s office in the downtown Corydon courthouse.
The deadline to do so is Friday, Feb. 5, at noon.
At the county level, two commissioners’ seats will be up for grabs (districts 1 and 2), along with three at-large county council seats.
Commissioner candidates must live in the specific district (Blue River, Jackson, Morgan and Spencer townships for District 1 and Franklin, Harrison and Webster for District 2) but all voters in the county will have a chance to vote on the races.
At-large council representatives can live anywhere in the county.
Also, the county recorder, surveyor, coroner, circuit court clerk and circuit court judge seats will be up for election.
Statewide, Hoosiers will vote for a governor (and lieutenant governor) as well as an attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and a U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Dan Coats.
State representative seats in districts 70 and 73 also will be on the ballot.
And, as is the case every two years, Indiana’s Ninth District U.S. House seat will be voted on.
All party representatives will be picked in the Tuesday, May 3, Primary Election with the following exceptions: lieutenant governor, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction; these nominees will be picked at state party conventions in June.
All three school corporations in Harrison County will have elections in the fall (Tuesday, Nov. 8). This includes two seats (Morgan Township and Blue River Township representatives) on the North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees; three seats (representing Boone and Taylor townships, Posey Township and Harrison Township) on the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees; and three at-large seats on the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees.
Absentee ballot applications may be submitted from now until April 25. Early voting will begin April 5 (hours to be determined).
The deadline to register to vote in the May 3 Primary is Monday, April 4.
To update voter registration, visit the clerk’s office or online at harrisoncounty.in.gov.

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