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May 3, 2014

Get out and vote

It might be the only time this year it matters

Usually, a primary election does not draw the number of voters that a general election would.

And in most years, we would be OK with that. Primaries in Indiana, which has a closed style of primary, typically draw out only the party faithful.

But this primary is different than those in previous years, and we encourage everyone to get out and vote this Tuesday.

The reason this primary is different is due to the lack of parity in local politics. A lack of interest, combined with poor funding and leadership, has led to the death of the Democrat Party in Daviess County. There currently is no central committee for Democrats in the county, and if it were not for a couple Washington city councilmen and a few township board members, the party would be nonexistent here.

Meanwhile, even with the passing of former party Chairman Martin Mumaw III last year, the Daviess County Republican party is as strong as ever. The party has a full slate of candidates with many candidates and incumbents running unopposed. It is not the GOP’s fault the other party has self-imploded locally, and one should probably ask for a Republican ballot this time around.

The reality is, folks, the Republican primary IS this county’s general election. There are competitive primary races for sheriff, commissioner and Washington Township trustee in Daviess County. In addition, the primary will decide candidates for Indiana House District 63 and Senate District 39. There is also a primary for the 8th Congressional District.

So, we urge the public to take the time Tuesday and vote. The process does not take a lot of time, and the Daviess County Clerk’s office is ready to help with any questions a voter might have. Also, the office will be open Monday until noon for absentee voting if one cannot make it Tuesday.

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