Column: From schoolhouse to White House

The Tribune

Election Day is nearly upon us. One can almost hear the collective sigh of relief about the prospect of the end of those seemingly endless television commercials, mailings and telephone calls.

But don’t disengage yet. We encourage you to participate in the electoral process and become involved in our community.

Hoosiers still can vote early through noon today at the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown and at the Jackson Superior Court building in Seymour.

And, of course, precinct polling sites will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and remain open for the next 12 hours.

Unsure where you vote? Call the Jackson County Voter Registration Office at 358-6120. Folks such as CiJi Fleetwood can help you. Or check with the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office online at

Need a voter identification card? The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has special hours today and Tuesday to help you out. The local office is at 501 N. Burkart Blvd. in Seymour.

Why should one be concerned about voting this fall? There are lots of reasons, from the schoolhouse to the courthouse and from the statehouse to the White House, many offices at local, state and national levels are up for election.

Hoosiers will be electing — perhaps re-electing — a president. They will choose a senator to fill an open seat. They will send congressional representatives to Washington. They will choose a new governor to fill an empty seat and elect state senators and state representatives to work with — or perhaps oppose — the new governor.

Here in Jackson County, residents also will elect a number of county officeholders, including a new circuit judge, two commissioners, three county council members and others.

Local voters also will elect school board members in Crothersville, Medora and Seymour. That’s a new election — or at least the timing is new — for Crothersville and Seymour. In past years, school elections in those communities were conducted in the spring, paired with party primaries. Brownstown school trustees are appointed rather than elected by the district they serve.

There are many reasons to make certain you participate by casting your ballot in Tuesday’s election. Educate yourself about the candidates and go vote.

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