Election Day Eve: Previewing the 2010 Ballot

By Peter Ambrose

November 1, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2010 at 11:14 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Election Day is finally upon us. Campaigning wraps up today, then the polls open tomorrow morning for the 2010 midterm elections.

Allen County residents will cast votes on a nine page ballot packed with federal, state, county and school board races.

Voters statewide will also have to decide whether to amend the Indiana Constitution to include the state property tax cap law. The law currently caps property taxes at 1% of residential properties, 2% on farmland and 3% on businesses. Amending the state Constitution would make the law harder to change or overturn.

Northeast Indiana voters could also get tripped up by another part of the ballot: the race for the 3rd district Congressional seat left vacant by Mark Souder last spring. You'll first vote for a candidate who will represent the district for the next 2-year term that begins in January. Then you vote for a candidate to serve the rest of Souder's term which ends at the end of this year. The candidates for the seat are Republican Marlin Stutzman, Democrat Tom Hayhurst and Libertarian Scott Wise.

The polls will be open tomorrow from 6AM to 6PM in Indiana, 6:30AM to 7:30PM in Ohio. Early voting wraps up today at noon in Fort Wayne.

Remember, when you vote you must have a government-issued photo ID under state law. If you need one, BMV license branches will be open longer today and tomorrow. Today's hours are 8:30AM to 8PM. Tomorrow is 6AM-6PM.

You can also find plenty of information about the 2010 ballot and your polling location on the Allen County Election Board's website.




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