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Students, teachers mark 2012 ballot

Voting despite national disinterest Chloe Sell c.laurenne.sell@gmail.com

Brack Obama (D) Mitt Romney (R) Gary Johnson (L)

1,535 students and teachers were surveyed

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Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama greet the crowd in their first presidential debate on Oct. 3. Following debates will be Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.

Governor’s election

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John Gregg (D) Mike Pence (R) Rupert Boneham(L)

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1,148 students and teachers were surveyed

Local elections try sharing spotlight

1,510 students and teachers were surveyed

With the elections coming up in November, many people are focused on the race for president. Lost in the hype of the national elections are all the local elections. “I think locals (elections) are more important. Most people focus on the president because it’s national and it’s what gets the most media coverage, but locals what decides everything we go by,” social studies teacher Mark Pierson said. There are three people running for governor in 2012, Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham. Pence is the congressman for Indiana’s sixth district. He was born in Columbus, Indiana and has lived in Indiana his whole life. Pence wants to improve employment by taxes and reducing business regulations. Fixing the education system is also one of his priorities, which he hopes to accomplish by getting students more prepared for college and careers. He also wants to bring more investment to Indiana. Opposite Pence is John Gregg, a mustached man from Sandborn, Indiana who used to be speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and President of Vincennes University. His biggest issue in this election is creating jobs, which he wants to fix with more alternative energy work. Famous for being a contestant on the

reality TV show Survivor, Boneham lives in Indianapolis. He wants to free up the markets and restructure the tax system in order to fix the economy. Boneham is also adamant about cutting wasteful government spending. “I am voting for Boneham as he is a Libertarian [like] me. I believe he has the best views for Indiana. He can stimulate the economy within the state, as well as create jobs, and create a future for us and for our kids,” senior Nate Hafley said. The race for the U.S. Senate has been highly publicized since newcomer Richard Mourdock beat six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in the Republican primaries. Mourdock will be facing Democrat Joe Donnelly. Richard Mourdock has served as State Treasurer since 2007. His main goals are to eliminate wasteful government spending and to repeal Obamacare. Mourdock is a member of the Tea Party, an anti-tax and anti-spending part of the Republican party. Donnelly is currently the congressman from Indiana’s second district, a position

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COURTESY OF FISHERS TOWN COUNCIL

“I’m really excited that I’m finally voting in a crucial election.” Compared to the 2008 election, youth engagement has gone down 14 percent from Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. The study surveyed 18-29 year-olds throughout four levels of interests. “The 18-25 [year-old] vote has always been apathetic,” social studies teacher Mark Pierson said. “They haven’t realized that government and economics apply to them. So they don’t really care.” Pierson advises kids to recognize their opinions, and compare those to candidate views, which can be found on their official websites. Either way, educated voters are crucial in any election. “If you know why you’re voting and what you’re voting for, then I think it’s very important that you do vote,” Lalioff said. “To be an educated voter is very important because that’s what helps improve the government. And creating the best government possible was what the founding fathers wanted.”

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For over 300 million Americans across the nation, Nov. 6 will mark the most anticipated day in the past two years of the election. Simultaneously millions of teenagers will become first-time voters, something many have eagerly awaited for many years. “It feels like I have more control over what happens, like I no longer have to sit by and wait for others to decide something for me,” senior Megan Lalioff said. “I now have a right to voice my opinion.” Several qualifications are needed to register to vote. One has to be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana in order to vote in the state of Indiana. A prospective voter has to live in the voting precinct for at least a month before the election, and not currently imprisoned for a convicted crime. Above all, one has to be of legal age on or prior to the election. Turning 18 on Oct. 14, senior Lauren Smith registered early in the summer. “I want to vote because I want to have a say in what happens in our government. And I grew up in a very political family,” Smith said.

Nov. 6 not only marks the day of the presidential election but the day of the municipal election, which determines whether Fishers should become a second-class city, a reorganized city, or stay a town. As shown above, if Question 1 is a majority affirmative, Fishers will become a city.

he has held since 2006. He wants to protect American jobs and improve American energy production. Fishers is in the 5th Indiana Congressional District. The 5th District’s long time congressman Dan Burton is retiring. The Republican candidate is Susan Brooks and the Democratic candidate is Scott Reske. Brooks is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech. She has also served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Brooks thinks it is important to restore Americans’ trust in Congress. She wants to improve the economy by having less government intervention. Scott Reske is a former Marine who has served in the Indiana House of Representatives since 2002. He was instrumental in the Indiana House of Representative’s walk out last year. Reske wants to improve the economy by lessening strains on small businesses, through overhauling the tax code.

N’ the Polls Romney: 48% Obama: 47.3%

-RealClearPolitics.com average, Oct. 9

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