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President of the United States. Indiana’s next governor. Bartholomew County’s next Superior Court I judge.
Those are among the federal, state and county races that Bartholomew County voters will help decide, starting Monday. That’s when absentee in-person voting begins, which people can do at the Bartholomew County Courthouse. The traditional Election Day, when voters go to the polls, is Nov. 6.
Voters across America will decide whether Democrat Barack Obama returns to the White House for a second term as president or whether Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, takes office in January.
But the top-billed race that Indiana voters alone will decide is who replaces Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, restricted by law from seeking a third consecutive term.
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., a Columbus North graduate, is leaving his seat in Congress in hopes of replacing Daniels. His main challenger is Democrat John Gregg, the former Indiana House speaker from Sandborn in southwest Indiana. The Libertarian candidate is Rupert Boneham, the former “Survivor” reality-show cast member, who is from Indianapolis.
Three candidates for vying for Pence’s District 6 seat in the U.S. Congress: Republican Luke Messer, Democrat Brad Bookout and Libertarian Rex Bell.
Bartholomew County voters will find two contested races for seats in the state Legislature:
Although many countywide races are uncontested, there are two contested, high-profile ones on the ballot for Bartholomew voters to decide:
Two municipal races are on the ballot in Hope:
Two school districts also have contested races:
For citizens who have not yet registered, the final day to register to vote is Tuesday.
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