On Tuesday, we will reach what one hopes is the end of this year’s campaign trail.
Nov. 3 is General Election Day.
We have endured months — in some cases, years — of campaigning, debates between candidates and between voters, discussions on different issues with those running for office and the onslaught of election materials coming at us by mail, television and social media.
All of this should culminate, and end next week.
On Election Day, polls in Dubois County will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:
• Arnold F. Habig Community Center, 1301 St. Charles St., Jasper: Bainbridge 2E, 2W, 3E and 3W.
• Celestine Community Club, 7742 E. Ellsworth Road: Hall 1 and Marion 2.
• Ferdinand Community Center, 710 Community Drive: Ferdinand 1, 2 and 3.
• Holland United Methodist Church, 205 Second Ave.: Cass 1 and 3.
• Huntingburg Event Center, 110 East 14th St.: Patoka 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Cass 2.
• Jasper Community Arts Center, 951 College Ave.: Bainbridge 1, 4N and 4S.
• Jasper Middle School, 3600 N. Portersville Road: Bainbridge 5N, 5S, 6N, 6S and 7, Boone-Jasper and Harbison 1.
• Northeast Dubois Intermediate School, 4550 N. Fourth St.: Columbia 1, Harbison 2 and Marion 1.
• St. Anthony Community Center, 4665 S. Cross St.: Jackson 1 and 2 and Jefferson 1 and 2.
• St. Mary Community Center, 2829 N. 500W, Ireland: Boone 1, Madison 1 and 2 and Madison-Jasper North and South.
Voters must vote at their precinct location. Each location will have sanitary precautions in place, including hand sanitizer for people to use. Voters must wear a mask; if they don’t have one, a mask will be provided. They also must bring with them their Indiana-issued photo identification to cast a ballot.
The roster of candidates on the General Election ballot are:
• U.S. President/Vice President: Democrat Joseph Biden/Kamala Harris, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen, Republican Donald Trump/Mike Pence, and write-in candidates Brian Carroll, Howie Hawkins, Randall F, Shawn Howard, Abram Loeb, Valerie McCray, Deborah Rouse/Sheila Marie Cannon, Joe Schriner, Christopher Stried, Kasey Wells, Mitchell Williams and James Johnson Jr.
• U.S. Representative District 8: Democrat E. Thomasina Marsili, Libertarian James Rodenberger and Republican Larry Bucshon.
• Indiana Governor/Lt. Governor: Democrat Woodrow Myers/Linda Lawson, Libertarian Donald Rainwater II/William Henry and Republican Eric Holcomb/Suzanne Crouch.
• Attorney General: Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel and Republican Todd Rokita.
• State Representative District 63: Democrat Teresa Kendall and Republican Shane Lindauer.
• State Representative District 74: Republican Stephen Bartels.
• County Commissioner District 1: Republican Chad Blessinger.
• County Commissioner District 3: Republican Nickolas Hostetter.
• County Council At-Large (three seats): Democrats Matt Brosmer, Todd Cassidy and Atalie Schroering, and Republicans Sonya Haas, Mike Kluesner and Doug Uebelhor.
• County Coroner: Republican Katie Schuck.
• County Surveyor: Republican Kenneth Brosmer.
• County Treasurer: Republican Kitty Merkley.
• Circuit Judge: Democrat Nathan Verkamp and Republican Kevin Crouse.
• Greater Jasper School Board District 2: Arlet Jackle.
• Greater Jasper School Board District 3: Greg Eckerle.
• Greater Jasper School Board District 4: Tim Demotte.
• Southeast Dubois School Board At Large: Cecelia Hamilton.
• Southeast Dubois School Board District A: Nathan Schuler.
• Southeast Dubois School Board District C: Matt Eckert.
• Southwest Dubois School Board District 1: Courtney Schwartz.
• Southwest Dubois School Board District 3: Jonathon Menke.
School board positions are non partisan.
Voters in Ferdinand, Jackson and Jefferson townships will also have a referendum question on their ballot. The referendum involves providing additional funding for the Southeast Dubois School District.
The question reads:
“For the eight (8) calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation impose a property tax rate that does not exceed nineteen cents ($0.19) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding academic and educationally-related programs, maintaining class sizes, recruitment/retention of teachers and support staff, and school safety/mental health resources.”
If approved, the referendum is expected to provide the district an additional $745,000 for eight years, with funds first becoming available in May 2022, district officials have said.
Election officials want to remind voters that selecting a straight-party ticket does not mark any selections for the county council race, school board races or the referendum question. A voter must make those choices on the ballot if they want to vote in those races or on the question.
Also, the voting machines are not touch-screen. To make selections, voters must press the button next to their choice, not the screen.
When voters complete their ballot, they will see a printed copy of their selections on a piece of paper encased in a voter verifiable paper audit trail machine. Voters can check the paper to make sure they selected who and what they wanted to choose. Once the voter hits the red “cast vote button,” the paper will scroll into the machine so that no one else sees it.