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General Election less than a week away

When the next edition of this newspaper is published, all voting will have ceased and the next wave of political representatives, including the president of the United States, will have been selected.
The General Election will take place Tuesday, with polling places open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eligible voters must be 18, have a valid identification (such as a driver’s license) and be registered.
For sample ballots, visit http://www.harrisoncounty.in.gov.
Early voting began last month and will continue through Saturday on the second floor of the Harrison County Court House in downtown Corydon. It will be open regular office hours today (Wednesday) and Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and until 6 p.m. tomorrow. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
So far, early voting is ‘up significantly’ from 2014 and 2012, according to deputy clerk Sherry Brown.
As a reminder to voters, straight-party voting will not count for any individual candidate for county council. Senate Enrolled Act 61, which takes effect for the first time in the upcoming General Election, requires voters to select individual candidates when voting for any at-large offices. Voters need to select each candidate they wish to elect for at-large county council.
School board candidates also will need to be picked individually since they are non-partisan.
All other races will count for the respective party of a straight ballot cast.
‘Voters still have the option to cast a straight-party ballot, but it is important to note this option will not cast votes for candidates running for any at-large offices, school board positions, nor will choosing the straight-party option cast votes for any public questions,’ Debbie Walker, president, Association of Clerks of Circuit Courts of Indiana, said. ‘Voters must proceed to that position on the ballot and make their selections to cast their votes for those offices or questions.’
Polling locations in Harrison County are as follows with the precinct listed first:
North Blue River ‘ Blue River Baptist Church, 13520 North Road NW, Depauw
South Blue River ‘ Milltown Housing for the Elderly, 115 Spencer St.
East Boone, West Boone ‘ Boone Township Fire House, 10850 S. Highway 11 SE, Laconia
Central Franklin, North Franklin, South Franklin, West Franklin ‘ New Life Christian Church, 8090 Tandy Road NE, Lanesville
East Harrison ‘ Government Center Conference Room C (first floor), 245 Atwood St., Corydon
Northeast Harrison ‘ Government Center, Surveyor’s Office (second floor), 245 Atwood St., Corydon
North West Harrison ‘ Government Center, Assessor’s Office (second floor), 245 Atwood St., Corydon
South Harrison ‘ Government Center, SBOA Room (second floor), 245 Atwood St., Corydon
Southeast Harrison ‘ Government Center, Veteran’s Services Office (first floor), 245 Atwood St., Corydon
Corydon West, Corydon East, Corydon South ‘ Corydon Central High School auxiliary gymnasium, 375 Country Club Road, Corydon
North Harrison ‘ Harrison County Health Dept. lower level 1, 241 Atwood St., Corydon
Southwest Harrison, West Harrison ‘ Harrison County Health Dept. ground level, 241 Atwood St., Corydon
East Heth, West Heth ‘ Heth-Washington Elementary School, 2450 Heth-Washington Road SW, Central
North Jackson, Northeast Jackson, Northwest Jackson, Southwest Jackson ‘ North Harrison Middle School, 1180 S.R. 64 NW, Ramsey
Southeast Jackson ‘ Community Center, 6120 Main St. NE, Crandall
Northeast Morgan, Northwest Morgan, South Morgan, Southwest Morgan ‘ Morgan Elementary School, 12225 S.R. 135 NW, Palmyra
Northeast Posey, Southeast Posey, West Posey, Taylor ‘ South Harrison Community Center, 5101 Main St., Elizabeth
North Spencer, South Spencer ‘ Frenchtown Community Center, 7663 S.R. 337 NW
Washington ‘ New Amsterdam Town Hall, 7563 Main St.
East Webster, West Webster ‘ New Middletown Fire House, 4055 Fire Lane
Harrison County races set for next week include a contest between two Corydon residents, incumbent Kenny Saulman, a Republican, and Democrat political newcomer Aaron Haggard, for the Commissioner District 2 seat (Franklin, Harrison and Webster townships). Candidates must live in the district boundaries, but voting is not restricted to district residents. All Harrison County voters will have commissioners’ races on their ballots.
The county council at-large race will have a full slate of three Democrats ‘ Sandy Gettelfinger, Houston Mathes and James Yeager ‘ and three Republicans, Gary Byrne, Jennie Engleman Capelle and Donnie Hussung. Regardless of the outcome, the council will see a complete change in January with three new faces in the at-large seats.
The top three vote-getters will fill the seats of current at-large councilpersons Richard Gerdon, who did not seek re-election; Sherry Brown, who is the GOP nominee for county clerk; and Jim Heitkemper, who fell one position shy (fourth out of seven) of advancing to the General Election on the Republican ticket.
The coroner race will pit Willard M. Haas, a Democrat, against Gary Gilley, who is running as a Republican.
Democrat Rusty Sizemore, the county’s current coroner, will face incumbent Republican Harold Klinstiver for surveyor, and Democrat Cathy Elbert-McCarty will face off against Debbie Dennison, a Republican, for the recorder position.
There are other county races, but the candidates are uncontested.
Statewide, voters will elect a new governor from a cast of three: Republican Eric Holcomb, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell.
Indiana’s current governor, Mike Pence, is on the ballot as vice presidential candidate for the GOP’s nominee, Donald J. Trump.
Voters also will choose an Attorney General for Indiana, between Curtis T. Hill Jr., a Republican, and Lorenzo Arredondo, a Democrat. Current A.G. Greg Zoeller ran unsuccessfully for the GOP’s nominee for the Ninth District Congressional seat.
That spot instead went to political newcomer Trey Hollingsworth, who will go up against Democrat Shelli Yoder and Libertarian Russell Brooksbank.
The seat is currently held by Republican Todd Young, who did not seek re-election but, instead, is the GOP candidate for U.S. Senator, facing off against Democrat Evan Bayh, a former senator and governor. Libertarian Lucy Brenton is also on the ballot.
Hoosier voters will pick between incumbent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, and Republican Jennifer McCormick for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
After Republican Rhonda Rhoads decided not to run for re-election, the race for the state’s 70th District Representative pits Karen Engleman, a Republican, against Heidi Cade Sellers, a Democrat.
Voters in two precincts in Harrison County (North Blue River and South Blue River outside of Milltown) will choose their representative for District 73, either incumbent Steven Davisson, the GOP candidate, or Democrat Douglas Leatherbury.
And, of course, at the top of the ballot, voters will choose between president-vice president tickets Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine, Democrat, Donald J. Trump-Mike Pence, Republican, and Gary Johnson-Bill Weld, Libertarian.
The ballot also includes a public question, which will be found on the left side of the ballot, that reads ‘Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting a fishing?’
Voters will check ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’
Two judges on the Indiana Court of Appeals are up for retention, Edward W. Najam Jr., first district, and Patricia A. Riley, fourth district. Voters will again choose ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’
Voters in the Lanesville school district (Central, North, South and West Franklin) will choose three of the following four candidates for school board: Jaycen Marat Abell, Chan Bailey and incumbents Sharon Rothrock and Robert L. Schickel.
Any questions regarding voting or the election in general should be directed to the clerk’s office by calling 812-738-4289.

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