On Tuesday, Johnson County voters will go to the polls for the primary, choosing the Republican and Democratic candidates for the fall general election.
Several dozen already have voted at the courthouse and at satellite early voting sites. But most of us will venture out Tuesday out of a sense of tradition or habit.
Because neither president nor governor is up for election, many people dismiss this election as unimportant. But they would be wrong.
First, just as in every election, voters will be choosing their representatives in the Statehouse and Congress. In that congressional race there is competition in both parties, with four Democrats and three Republicans seeking their respective party’s nomination. You will make the final decision about who runs in the fall.
On a more intimate level, there is a heated competition for the Republican nomination for the new superior court judge’s seat, county auditor, county recorder and Franklin Township trustee.
WHO’S ON MY BALLOT?
At indianavoters.com, residents can check their voter registration status, see what districts they live in and see whom they can vote for.
Because fewer voters tend to turn out for the primary, this amplifies the impact of each vote. In some races, the difference might very well rest with whether people take the time to vote.
Johnson County will again use voting centers to cast ballots. You can go to any of the centers, not just the one closest to where you live. So you can vote on your way to or from work or while out running errands.
Finally, don’t forget to take a government-issued photo ID with you when you go to the polls Tuesday. This can be a driver’s license, state ID card, passport or military ID.
For voters who do not have a photo ID, Indiana license branches will have extended hours Monday and Tuesday to accommodate people who need an ID to vote.
People without IDs can even vote provisionally, then return with a valid ID to confirm the vote so it can be counted.
Remember, to have a voice, people must vote. The more who do, the louder that voice.
When the people speak, elected officials listen.
Vote on Tuesday.