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Incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard
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  • Incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard

The upcoming election on May 3 might still seem far off, but Hoosiers only have until midnight this coming Monday, April 4, to submit new voter registration applications or update their existing records.

Indiana residents can register by mail or in person. Visit a county voter registration office or the county clerk’s office, any branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or a public assistance office.

Those with valid state-issued ID cards or driver’s licenses can register online or by mobile device. State officials have extended the deadline for some military personnel and their families; check the 2011 Military and Overseas Voter Guide for eligibility requirements.

Absentee and early voting also begins Monday. The elections will include seats on the Indianapolis City-County Council and opportunities in Marion County’s Franklin and Perry townships to vote on school-spending referendums. Garnering the most local attention, though, is the race to become Indianapolis’ next mayor.

The city’s mayoral candidate pool includes incumbent Greg Ballard, defending his title against Libertarian Richard Kent and Democrats Sam Carson, Sr., Ron Gibson and Melina Kennedy.

Former deputy mayor under Bart Peterson, Kennedy was defeated in her campaign for mayor by Ballard in 2008. Carson, son of former Rep. Julia Carson, announced his intentions to run in February; he most recently served as president and CEO of his mother’s Legacy of Love Foundation, a fledgling organization serving low-income families.

Former City-County Councilman Gibson rounds out the Democratic side of the ticket. Research into Libertarian Kent’s background yielded little more than a Facebook page rallying support for his January bid for the party’s nomination.

Keep an eye out for NUVO’s in-depth profiles of the candidates, coming in April.

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