Editor's Note: Like our U.S. Constitution, this guide is a living document. It will experience several upgrades over these last few days as we approach Nov. 6. We will be linking up candidates' full interview transcripts and unabbreviated questionnaires. We round out information on races we did not have room to analyze in print, add details in places we couldn't before and almost certainly find some surprises as we continue to follow this experience to its crescendo on Election Night.
We will announce these updates via Twitter and Facebook, or you are welcome to visit any time to check on the progress - we're maintaining a hyperlinked index to the various races for your convenience. Thanks for reading! - Rebecca Townsend
Democracy is dead, some people say. If you don't take the time to vote between now and Nov. 6, those people may be right. Even if you do, they may be right. But maybe you can help delay the funeral.
As of today, you retain a fundamental right to help select leadership that will affect your life at all levels - from war and health care to taxes and local school leadership. By participating in the 2012 election, you take part in a proud American tradition that provides the entire world a sign that it is possible to stand up to tyranny, fascism or anti-feminism in a concrete, yet non-violent way. Use this right while you still have it. Plenty of voters' rights advocates are screaming that more-restrictive voter-identification requirements, partisan redistricting and the relocation and overcrowding of local polling places are already eroding voter access to the polls.
We can't provide in-depth intel on every candidate the powers that be have deemed appropriate to drop in your district in the limited amount of space available here. But through an in-depth series of questions lobbed at candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Indiana State Senate, we hope to offer greater insight into some of the issues as stake.
Around the edges, we'll give you an idea of what other races you can help decide and where to find more information. And when it comes to the basics of where to go and what expect at the polls, plus a live-feed for the results as they come in on Election Day, we have you covered.
Before we begin our ballot tour, please entertain one desperate plea from the NUVO news desk: Save us, dear voter. You alone can spare us from ignorance, bigotry and short-sighted special interests. Even if you have given up on politics, please consider an educated vote a gift to the poor reporters of the world who must allocate precious time and treasure recording what these candidates do when they reach office. Help us find a series of distinctive Indiana success stories that stir greater civic pride, inspiring further innovation rather than oppressive ignorance that humiliates us as Hoosiers.
Tune in and vote. Please.
That being said, let's be on our way, shall we? First stop: POTUS.
Track our uploading progress as we move online the mountains of elected-related material assembled for you, dear readers. As the materials go live, so will the hyperlink listed below. Thank you for your support and thank the candidates who took the time to engage the public.
President of the United States
- Candidates for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat Democrat Joe Donnelly, left, Libertarian Andrew Horning, center, and Republican Richard Mourdock participate in a debate in New Albany, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP pool photo/Michael Conroy)
Marion County's U.S. Congressional Districts: The Fifth and the Seventh
U.S. Representative, Fifth District
- Design by SarahKate Chamness
- Candidates Susan Brooks, a Republican, Libertarian Chard Reid and Democrat Scott Reske hope to represent the Northside's 5th U.S. Congressional District.
U.S. Representative, Seventh District
- Design by SarahKate Chamness
- Incumbent Democrat André Carson and Republican Challenger agree about the Dream Act, disagree about the direction and purpose of federal marijuana policies. More to come ...
Indiana Governor: We ran deep with these candidates in our Sept. 26 issue, which is hyperlinked here. As with the debates the Indiana Debate Commission hosted featuring the U.S. Senate candidates, the IDC has the three gubernatorial debates archived at indianadebatecommission.com under the "video" tab.
- Thanks to the Indiana Debate Commission, Libertarian candidates Rupert Boneham (left), who is running for Indiana governor, and Andrew Horning (right), who is running for U.S. Senate, received equal billing in the statewide debates held for candidates in those offices. Libertarian Gary Johnson did not receive the same consideration from the Commission on Presidential Debates. On a recent visit to Indianapolis he quipped that he hoped to ride Rupert's coattails to success in Indiana. Credit: Troy Hill
Indiana State Senate
- (By SarahKate Chamness)
Indiana House of Representatives
- Wayne Bertsch
- How creepy the Indiana Statehouse can get is up to you. Please vote.
Superintendent of Public Instruction / Local School Boards
Indiana Attorney General: Kay Fleming, a Democrat from Indianapolis, is challenging incumbent AG Greg Zoeller, a Republican. The winner gets to manage the office, which as the state's attorney, handles an estimated 3,000 civil lawsuits and approximately 1,600 criminal appeals each year. Among the legal positions it must negotiate: the state's relationship to the federal government on health care and funding of Medicaid providers.
County Coroner: [FRANK P. LLOYD JR., D and incumbent, versus ED EPPLER, R.]
Surveyor: [DEBRA S. JENKINS, D. and incumbent, versus JEFF KONDY, R.]
Treasurer: [CLAUDIA O. FUENTES, D and incumbent, versus JASON C. WOODRUFF R.]