Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why You Need to Vote: Getting Hoosiers to Participate in Democracy

Indiana has the nation's third lowest voter participation. Surely, that is a record both Democrats and Republicans can deplore, but Indiana's Republicans are hell-bent on protecting us from non-existing voter fraud by making it harder to vote. Democrats' candidate for Secretary of State Beth White wants to address that problem in commonsense ways. For example, Indiana is one of only three states that close their polls as early as 6 p.m. White concedes that it would cost a bit more to keep polling places open later, but she thinks that is not as important the increased participation from extended hours. She also notes that other states have used nonpartisan commissions to create more competitive districts and increase voter turnout. Having a Secretary of State who cares about voter participation and runs the state's elections accordingly could make a real difference!

Read more about Beth White's position on voter participation here.