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1 Why Should I Care about the 2010 Elections & Does My Vote Really Matter?

2 Many Americans only vote every 4 years Important offices are up for election in the “off” years Almost 44,000 new voters registered to vote for President (compared to the primary) In the 2009 special election, only 11% of the voters showed up

3 I.What’s on the ballot? II.What do these officials do? III.Does my vote really matter? November 2010

4 Who is on the ballot?

5 Federal Offices Who is on the Ballot?

6 Federal Offices U.S. Senate Who is on the Ballot?

7 Federal Offices U.S. Senate U.S. House of Representatives Who is on the Ballot?

8 Who is on the ballot? State Offices

9 Who is on the ballot? State Offices Secretary of State

10 Who is on the ballot? State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State

11 Who is on the ballot? State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State Treasurer of State

12 Who is on the ballot? State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State Treasurer of State Indiana State Senate

13 Who is on the ballot? State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State Treasurer of State Indiana State Senate Indiana House of Representatives

14 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices

15 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor

16 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor

17 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court

18 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor

19 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder

20 Who is on the ballot? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

21 Who is on the ballot? Township Offices

22 Who is on the ballot? Township Offices Township Trustee

23 Who is on the ballot? Township Offices Township Trustee Township Constable

24 Who is on the ballot? Township Offices Township Trustee Township Constable Township Small Claims Court Judge

25 What do these officials do?

26 State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State Treasurer of State Indiana State Senate Indiana House of Representatives

27 Secretary of State Chief elections officer Chair of Indiana Recount Commission Appoints Speaker of the House in case of tie Incorporates new businesses Issues trademarks Regulates franchise agreements and securities trades

28 What do these officials do? State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State Treasurer of State Indiana State Senate Indiana House of Representatives

29 Auditor of State Chief financial officer Accounts for all state funds Oversees and disburses county, city, town, and school tax distributions Pays the state’s bills Pays state employees

30 What do these officials do? State Offices Secretary of State Auditor of State Treasurer of State Indiana State Senate Indiana House of Representatives

31 Treasurer of State Chief investment officer Invests state general funds and 77 trust funds (over $5 billion)

32 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

33 Marion County Assessor Establishes value of real and personal property for tax purposes Secretary of Property Assessment Tax Board of Appeals County inheritance tax appraiser

34 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

35 Marion County Auditor Chief financial officer Keeps ledgers and records Maintains property transfer records Handles exemptions for property taxes homesteadmortgage disabilityveteran Pays the bills – signs all checks

36 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

37 Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court (County Clerk) Keeps all records for Circuit and Superior Courts Processes all court orders, warrants, transcripts and pleadings Issues jury panels and summonses Maintains marriages, name changes, and adoptions records Collects and distributes child support payments Responsible for all elections in Marion County as Secretary of County Election Board

38 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

39 Marion County Prosecutor Represents State of Indiana for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Prosecutes felonies and misdemeanors Enforces court orders for child support Investigative branch administers Marion County Grand Jury  Investigates White Collar crime and allegations of political corruption

40 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

41 Marion County Recorder Preserves public records  deeds  mortgages  liens  articles of incorporation  military service discharges  assumed business names Maintains all records pertinent to ownership of real estate (for title purposes)

42 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Marion County Assessor Marion County Auditor Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court Marion County Prosecutor Marion County Recorder Marion County Sheriff

43 Chief law enforcement officer for entire county  (Indianapolis, Beech Grove, Lawrence, and Speedway use local police for most purposes) Maintains county jail Serves all court orders Collects back taxes Serves legal processes for County Election Board Maintains registry of pedophiles

44 What do these officials do? Marion County Offices Board of County Commissioners  Marion County Assessor  Marion County Auditor  Marion County Treasurer (elected in 2008)

45 Board of County Commissioners Marion County Offices Oversight of Children’s Guardian Home All property owned by the County Issuance and payment of all county bonds Makes appointments to various Boards CIB, Health and Hospital, Airport Library, Alcohol Beverage, other

46 What do these officials do? Township Offices Township Trustee Township Constable Township Small Claims Court Judge

47 Township Trustee Provides direct assistance to the poor  Immediate emergency aid  food  clothing  heating fuel  medical help  utilities  transportation for employment

48 What do these officials do? Township Offices Township Trustee Township Constable Township Small Claims Court Judge

49 Township Constable Enforces orders of the small claims court Serves summonses, warrants, and subpoenas

50 What do these officials do? Township Offices Township Trustee Township Constable Township Small Claims Court Judge

51 Hears cases involving no more than $6,000 No juries Not a “Court of Record” All appeals to the Superior Court, Civil Div.

52 Does my vote really matter?

53 Does My Vote Really Matter? Lost Indiana by 510,427 votes 2004 John Kerry Won Indiana by 28,391 votes 2008 Barack Obama

54 Barack Obama got 405,028 votes more than John Kerry John McCain got 133,790 votes less than George W. Bush

55 Does my vote really matter? Even if every lost Republican vote went to Barack Obama, where did the other 271,238 votes come from?

56 Does my vote really matter? Even if every lost Republican vote went to Barack Obama, where did the other 271,238 votes come from? The number of registered voters only increased by 218,157 citizens.

57 Does my vote really matter? Even if every lost Republican vote went to Barack Obama, where did the other 271,238 votes come from? The number of registered voters only increased by 218,157 citizens. The number of citizens who showed up to vote increased by 293,844.

58 Does my vote really matter? Even if every lost Republican vote went to Barack Obama, where did the other 271,238 votes come from? The number of registered voters only increased by 218,157 citizens. The number of citizens who showed up to vote increased by 293,844. That is why Barack Obama carried Indiana.

59 Does my vote really matter? In Marion County alone, 58,086 more people turned out to vote in 2008 than did in Your vote really does matter!

60 Does my vote really matter? In 1986, Republican, John Hiller beat Democrat, Thomas W. Ward by just 47 votes in Indiana’s 3 rd Congressional District.

61 Does my vote really matter? In 1986, Republican, John Hiller beat Democrat, Thomas W. Ward by just 47 votes in Indiana’s 3 rd Congressional District. In 1984, Indiana’s 8 th Congressional District, Democrat, Frank McCloskey beat Republican, Richard D. McIntyre by just 4 votes!

62 Does my vote really matter? In 2007, the Democrats lost the majority on the City- County Council by 887 votes.

63 Does my vote really matter? In 2007, the Democrats lost the majority on the City- County Council by 887 votes. Republican Christine Scales won her seat by 244 votes.

64 Does my vote really matter? In 2007, the Democrats lost the majority on the City- County Council by 887 votes. Republican Christine Scales won her seat by 244 votes. Democrat Jose Evans won his seat by just 117 votes and Democrat, Dane Mahern won his seat by just 103 votes.

65 Does my vote really matter? In 2002, in Marion County, Democrat David Orentlicher beat Republican Jim Atterholt by a mere 37 votes.

66 Does my vote really matter? In 2002, in Marion County, Democrat David Orentlicher beat Republican Jim Atterholt by a mere 37 votes. Thirty-seven votes gave Democrats control of the State House!

67 It Really Does Matter!!

68 Secretary of State – is in charge of many aspects that affect your ability to register to vote It Does Matter!!

69 Secretary of State – is in charge of many aspects that affect your ability to register to vote Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court – is the third and deciding vote on the County Election Board It Does Matter!!

70 Secretary of State – is in charge of many aspects that affect your ability to register to vote Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court – is the third and deciding vote on the County Election Board County Prosecutor – is the office responsible for prosecuting corruption It Does Matter!!

71 Secretary of State – is in charge of many aspects that affect your ability to register to vote Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court – is the third and deciding vote on the County Election Board County Prosecutor – is the office responsible for prosecuting corruption Indiana House of Representatives – will be responsible for drawing new legislative boundaries It Does Matter!!

72 It Really Does Matter! Every Vote Counts in Every Election!

73 Remember! Register And VOTE!

74 What else can you do? Talk to your neighbors Register others Join GIfC Volunteer to help the candidate of your choice

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76 Candidates on the Ballot STATEWIDE United States Senate Brad Ellsworth (D) Dan Coats (R) Rebecca Sink-Burris (L) Secretary of State Vop Osili (D) Charlie White (R) Mike Wherry (L) State Treasurer Pete Buttigieg (D) Richard Mourdock (R) State Auditor Sam Locke (D) Tim Berry (R) Eric Knipe (L)

77 Candidates on the Ballot CONGRESSIONAL 4th District Dr. David Sanders (D) Todd Rokita (R) John Duncan (L) 5th District Tim Crawford (D) Dan Burton (R) Chard Reid (L) 7th District André Carson (D) Carlos May (R)

78 Candidates on the Ballot INDIANA SENATE 29th District Robin Shackleford (D) Mike Delph (R) 31st District Frank J. Anderson (D) Jim Merritt (R) Benjamin Hale (L)

79 Candidates on the Ballot INDIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 25th District Jeb Bardon (D) 86th District Ed Delaney (D) Kurt Webber (R) 87th District Cindy Noe (R) Joe Hauptmann (L) 88th District John Kunzer (D) Brian Bosma (R) 89th District John Barnes (D) Cindy Kirchhofer (R) 90th District Mike Speedy (R) Kevin Vail (L) 91st District Bob Behning (R) Matt Amormino (L) 92nd District Brett Voorhies (D) Phil Hinkle (R) Jason Sipe (L) 93rd District David Frizzell (R) Kent Raquet (L)

80 Candidates on the Ballot INDIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 94th District Cherrish Pryor (D) Mike Smythe (L) 95th District John Bartlett (D) 96th District Greg Porter (D) David Dessauer (R) 97th District Mary Ann Sullivan (D) Wes Robinson (R) Josh Barker (L) 98th District Bill Crawford (D) 99th District Vanessa Summers (D) David Blank (R) John Meuser (L) 100th District John Day (D) Jeff Miller (R) Paul Dijak-Robinson (L)

81 Candidates on the Ballot COUNTYWIDE Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry (D) Mark Massa (R) Marion County Sheriff Col. John Layton (D) Dennis Fishburn (R) Marion County Clerk Beth White (D) Jana Scott (R) Marion County Recorder Julie Voorhies (D) Marion County Assessor Joe O'Connor (D) Becky Williams (R) James Madjak (L) Marion County Auditor Billie Breaux (D) Joe Hecko (R)

82 Candidates on the Ballot TOWNSHIPWIDE CENTER TOWNSHIP Trustee Gene Akers (D) Terry Dove (R) Zachary Capehart (L) Constable Mark "Tony" Duncan (D) Small Claims Court Judge Michelle Smith-Scott (D) DECATUR TOWNSHIP Trustee Alexis Skirloff James (D) Stephen Rink (R) Jared Wales (L) Constable Darrell McGaha (R) Small Claims Court Judge William Fisher, Jr. (R)

83 Candidates on the Ballot TOWNSHIPWIDE FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP Trustee Ross Hughes (R) Terrie Cloud (L) Constable Jerry Young (R) Small Claims Court Judge John Kitley, Jr. (R) LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP Trustee Russell Brown (D) Dino Batalis (R) Christopher Bowen (L) Constable Terry Burns (D) Brian Bulger (R) Small Claims Court Judge Judie Conley (D) Jim Joven (R)

84 Candidates on the Ballot TOWNSHIPWIDE PERRY TOWNSHIP Trustee Dan Moriarty (R) Jon Henderson (L) Constable Mike Dunigan (D) David Taylor (R) Small Claims Court Judge Bob Spear (R) PIKE TOWNSHIP Trustee Lula Patton (D) Erik Morris (L) Constable Joe Turner (D) Mike Bishop (L) Small Claims Court Judge Doug Stephens (D)

85 Candidates on the Ballot TOWNSHIPWIDE WARREN TOWNSHIP Trustee Jeff Bennett (D) Constable Paul Tuttle (D) Paul Scott (R) Small Claims Court Judge Garland Graves (D) Amy Jones (R) WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Trustee Frank Short (D) Richard Cunningham (L) Constable John O'Hara (D) Small Claims Court Judge Steve Poore (D) Jon Sturgill (R)

86 Candidates on the Ballot TOWNSHIPWIDE WAYNE TOWNSHIP Trustee David King Baird (D) Andy Harris (R) Drew Bisson (L) Constable Bill Newman (D) Alan Driver (R) Small Claims Court Judge Chuck Gaddy (D) Daniel Vaughn (R)

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