- Posted November 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Election Day 'I Voted' challenge
Doing Our Civic Duty - We Voted in Indiana
Just a short bit ago, Iohn and I made our way to the firehouse a scant 2 blocks away to do our civic duty and vote.
We could look out our window and see if there were any lines or a lot of cars parked in the parking lot. This made planning when to go over much easier. Around 1:30 we decided to go to the polling station. There were only 5 people ahead of us waiting to vote.
The poll workers were all congenial and smiling. It was an easy process. Only 2 voting machines were in operation. But then again being in the Cornfield, we didn't have to worry about the lines with which those in the urban areas contend.
It was quick and easy to go through the 7-page ballot. Took less than 5 minutes for each of us.
Iohn and I both split our ballot opting to vote for the candidate, not a party. To us, the person is more important than which party label they happened to wear.
For Iohn and I, for the races that really matter, here is how we voted:
President and Vice President: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican)
Governor and Lieutenant Governor: John Gregg and Vi Simpson (Democrats)
US Senate: Joe Donnelly (Democrat)
8th District Congressional District: Larry Buschon (Republican)
Those were the main races with which Iohn and I both were concerned. Whether it makes a difference we won't know until later tonight.
Indiana is expected to go Republican this year returning to the fold after a win by President Barack Obama 4 years ago. The Senate contest is anyone's guess, but all indications are that Hoosiers will opt to send Donnelly back to the Capitol as a Senator rather than a Congressman over Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock, who kept letting his mouth get in the way.
In the governor's race, Mike Pence is the favored candidate, but we could not in good conscience vote for him. On social issues he is too rigid and too far right for us. I know John Gregg from the days I covered him as a reporter and he was Indiana Speaker of the House. Gregg is a conservative Democrat. Yes, in Indiana most Democrats are conservative and would be labeled Republicans in most other states.
The 8th District has long been known as the "Bloody 8th", but this election cycle the nastiness and cut-throat politics of the past have not played out. There's a good probability Buschon will retain his seat over challenger Dave Crooks.
The Senate contest here in the Cornfield could be pivotal in determining whether Democrats retain control or if the upper chamber goes Republican. To me the GOP killed their ability to keep the Senate seat by voting out Dick Lugar and handing the nomination to Mourdock. Mourdock has proven to be less than stellar as a candidate and not knowing when to shut up.
From the Cornfield, Iohn and I have done our civic duty and won the right to criticize or praise elected officials over the next 2 to 4 years.
Have you voted yet?