Ballot Issues Ahead of Election Day

By Max Resnik

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) Early voters have helped determine what some of the issues are with the ballot this year.

Voters who have yet to fill out a ballot and want to vote early can do so any time before noon on Monday, November 1st. After noon, you will have to vote in your precinct if you don’t plan to vote early.

Some of the early voters have taken issue with Property Tax Cap Referendum. On the ballot are two paragraphs about the question, which asks voters to vote yes or no to cap property taxes on homes, businesses and agriculture. Only one option to vote will appear on the ballot. It may appear that two votes are required, but one vote of yes or no will cover the entire referendum.

Voters should also be aware of the vote to replace former Congressman Mark Souder. Souder held the 3rd Congressional District seat. Voters will need to cast two votes on this part of the ballot. One vote will determine the candidate to complete Souder’s current term, which ends January 3, 2011. Then, voters will need to vote for the candidate they want to serve as Congressman for the term January 3, 2011 through January 3, 2013.

Other concerns are the ballot machines themselves. Folks at the Allen County Board of Elections want to remind voters that the ballot machines are not touch screen and that votes are cast with the push of a button.

Also, the folks at board of elections want you to be as informed about issues and candidates as possible because they cannot tell you what the issues mean. Their role is to tell you what the issues or candidates are, but they cannot interpret the issues or candidates or provide any opinion.

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