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VOTE411 - Election information you need

With Vote411, voters can enter their address to find their polling place, build a ballot with our online voter's guide and much more! The Vote411 voters' guide lets you see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

An effective voter guide starts with insightful questions for all of the candidates; questions that we think help voters determine who should earn their vote. Below are the final questions developed by the Voter Services committee for the 2018 General Election. All local candidates are invited to participate. After indicating their willingness to participate, each candidate has the opportunity to respond to a specific set of questions. We expect Vote411 to be available to the public no later than October 1st.

Not all candidates choose to participate in Vote411 for their own reasons. All local candidates are given the chance to respond.

You can download a pdf of the questions below here.

Question Set #1: US House: United States Representative, 4th District

  1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
  2. Please describe what you see as the top domestic and foreign policy challenges and how you plan to respond to them.
  3. Do you support a policy that every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality healthcare? If so how would you achieve this objective?
  4. Would you reform the current immigration system and if so, how?
  5. How will you assure that the legislative branch fulfills its role as a co-equal branch of our government?

Question Set #2: State:

  • Representative, District 13
  • Representative, District 25
  • Representative, District 26
  • Representative, District 27
  • Representative, District 41
  • Senator, District 22

  1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
  2. What, if any, changes to gun laws would you advocate for preventing or minimizing the damage of gun violence?
  3. What are your views on establishing an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission in Indiana to manage the redistricting process?
  4. Voters are being asked to approve an amendment to the Indiana constitution to require the General Assembly to adopt balanced budgets. How would this amendment impact your work in the General Assembly?
  5. Do you support or oppose a "hate or bias crimes" bill for Indiana? Please discuss the rationale for your response.

Question set #3: County (CC):

  • Commissioner, District 1
  • County Council, Districts 1, 2, 3, 4

  1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
  2. What are the three top issues you would address if elected?
  3. What if any changes could be made to improve the county's working relationship with state and local government?
  4. If elected, how will you work for the well-being of the entire county's residents?

Questions set #4: County (AAR):

  • Assessor
  • Auditor
  • Recorder
  1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
  2. Please explain to voters the importance of the office for which you are running.
  3. What changes or improvements would you make to the operation of this office if elected?
  4. If elected, how will you work for the well-being of the entire county's residents?

Question set #5: County Clerk

  1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
  2. Please explain to voters the importance of the office for which you are running.
  3. What changes or improvements would you make to the operation of this office if elected?
  4. What are your ideas on improving security, accuracy and auditability of elections, for example adopting vote by mail or replacing voting machines?
  5. What will you do to encourage voter registration and voting?

Question set #6a: County Prosecutor

  1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
  2. What has been your greatest accomplishment in your legal career?
  3. How would you prepare yourself to handle cases involving unfamiliar areas of the law?
  4. Please describe your administrative experience. What are your primary strengths as a supervisor? As an administrator?
  5. To what extent have you practiced in the area of criminal law? Family law? Civil law?

Question set #6b: County Sheriff

  1. The Sheriff's Department provides security services to the two county high schools. How can you work most effectively in these schools to minimize the possibility of gun violence?
  2. Please describe how you will build and maintain a cohesive and effective team of deputies to carry out the work of the Sheriff's Department
  3. What are the top three issues you would like to see addressed if you are elected?
  4. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for the office?
  5. How do you plan to maintain communication and cooperation with other law enforcement departments in Tippecanoe County?

Question set #7: Judicial

  • Judge, Superior Court No. 6
  • Judge, Circuit Court 23
    1. What has been your greatest accomplishment in your legal career?
    2. Who are your judicial role models? Why?
    3. What have been the most effective methods for improving court procedures and efficiency? What other methods would you suggest?
    4. What is your general judicial philosophy?
    5. Please describe your first-hand experiences, if any, dealing with people who are different from you socially, economically, or politically.

    Question Set #8: Town Council Shadeland, Clarks Hill, and Otterbein

    1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
    2. What is the most important issue facing your community and what are your plans to address it?
    3. How do you plan to listen to residents of your community to understand their thoughts and needs?
    4. How will you meet the requirements of the open door policy for all meetings and actions of the town's business?

    Question Set #9: Town Clerk/Treasurer

    1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that make you the best candidate for this office?
    2. What is the greatest challenge facing the jurisdiction and scope of this office and how would you address this challenge?
    3. What improvement(s) can you make in this office to assist the citizens of your community?

    Question set #10: Township Advisory Board and Trustee

    1. What qualities and/or experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for this office?
    2. What is the most important challenge facing township government in Tippecanoe County? What can the Township do to meet this challenge
    3. What steps will you take to improve services, including fire protection, to township residents?
    4. Are the relief services for the poor provided by your township meeting the needs of its residents? How could they be improved?
    5. What is your opinion on the consolidation of smaller townships into larger ones?

    Question Set #11: School Board Candidates

    1. Why are you running for the school board and what makes you a good candidate?
    2. Describe your view of the roles of the school board and the superintendent. What is the ideal relationship between these two offices?
    3. What specific steps would you take as a school board member to improve transparency and make school board information more widely available?
    4. As you review the performance data of your schools, what do you see in these data and what do you think the board should do, if anything?
    5. What is your opinion on how best to protect the students and staff from gun violence in the schools?

2018 Midterm Elections

Offices up for election in Tippecanoe County and the State of Indiana.

The Official Election results for the 2018 May Primary are available at the Tippecanoe County Election Board website through the link at the top of the home page. The Midterm General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

Find out what your elected officials are responsible for on your behalf. Inquire how they are accomplishing these responsibilities with good public policy for all in an ethical and fiscally sound manner.

Voting in Tippecanoe County

Are you unsure of your districts after the 2011 redistricting process? Maps of state and local voting districts are available on the Tippecanoe County website.

Become an informed voter. Your vote DOES matter!

REMEMBER YOUR VOTER ID!

To vote in Tippecanoe County, you must be 18 years old by the General Election, a US Citizen, registered at your current address and have a valid photo ID. More information on Indiana's Photo ID Law is on the Secretary of State's website.

Those unable to vote in person on Election Day have the option to vote before Election Day at one of the early voting sites. The Journal & Courier and other media provide the location of the Vote Centers that are open before and on Election Day. Citizens can also request an absentee ballot by mail.

The Tippecanoe County Board of Election and Registration administers all county and municipal election activity. The Tippecanoe County Board of Election and Registration is located on the third floor of the Tippecanoe County Office Building, 20 North 3rd Street, Lafayette. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

For more information, or to find out where to vote call (765) 423-9303 or (765) 423-9316 or email electionboard@tippecanoe.in.gov, or check the web site at http://www.tippecanoe.in.gov/410/Elections-Voter-Registration

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you need to change your address or name?

A person must meet the following requirements to be a registered voter in Indiana: a citizen of the United States; be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the next general or municipal election; live in a precinct continuously for at least thirty (30) days before the next election; and not currently be in prison following conviction of a crime.

Voter registration forms are available at the Tippecanoe County and West Lafayette Public Libraries, or register in person at the City Clerk's office, township trustee offices, or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If you have a valid Indiana State ID or driver's license, you may confirm or update your voter registration or register to vote online. Go to www.indianavoters.in.gov and follow the instructions. The voter registration form is also available for download. After you print and complete the form, mail it to: Tippecanoe County Board of Elections & Registration, P.O. Box 619 Lafayette, IN 47902-0619

-The Board of Election and Registration Office (3rd floor of the Tippecanoe Office Building) 20 N 3rd, Lafayette Phone: 423-9303 or email electionboard@tippecanoe.in.gov; M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

-Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 2200 Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette (448-3738) and 720 W. Navajo, West Lafayette (464-1526)

-Go online to the Tippecanoe County Board of Election and Registration or to the Secretary of State Election Division

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