Precinct changes worrying to some
Your Wednesday lead story concerning precinct maps is worrying. Precincts exist for the convenience of voters and election officials during elections. Traditionally, precincts were established after the various election districts are determined by the officials elected from them. What you described in your article has the proverbial “tail wagging the dog”.
After the 2010 census and the start of the required redistricting, I found a presentation on the State of Indiana website, by the Indiana Election Division, titled “2011 Election Administrators Conference, A Redistricting Guide for County Election Officials”. It describes the traditional process for redistricting: the decennial census is taken and published; the Statehouse and Senate adopt new election districts for the state’s congressional districts, state senators and state representatives; they are followed by the county commissioners adopting county commissioner and county council districts; then the city councils and town boards adopting election districts for their seats; and finally, county election officials prepare precinct maps for approval by the county commissioners after review by the state. Each level of government prepared their election districts without any influence from the other levels. The precinct maps were created starting with adding all of the various district lines onto one map and dividing the resulting areas into voting precincts.
So, which state law or state rule has changed the process? Is this situation a result from the city council not knowing where the city limits will be, since they have several large annexations working their way through the legal process? Or, is it a power grab by the state political parties to predetermine local districts by limiting local officials to using the state approved precincts.
Glen Boise, Kokomo
Too much at stake with Hoosiers’ health
From the federal fiscal-cliff discussions to the issue of state level Medicaid expansion, ideological stand-offs continue to be an obstacle to reasonable dialogue and effective policy making.
No matter your political stance on the Affordable Care Act, it is now law. Indiana has the opportunity to join 26 other states in accepting the federal dollars already designated to adequately fund Medicaid and increase access to affordable health care.
Under current Indiana law, non-disabled, non-pregnant, childless adults under 65 cannot get Medicaid no matter how poor they are. Increased access to health care for everyone ensures a healthier, happier, more productive Indiana.
Too much is at stake for Hoosiers to be left behind: 30,000 jobs, $108 million in new state and local tax revenue per year, and the health and lives of an estimated 450,000 hard-working Hoosiers.
Rather than reinventing the wheel, Indiana should join other states and a network of support in expanding and improving Medicaid.
Lindsay Helmbock, Citizens Action Coalition, Indianapolis
Precinct changes worrying to some
May 24, 2013: Letters to the editor
Commissioner takes both sides of issue
Much like John Kerry several years ago, Paul Wyman seems to have actually voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it. This chap cannot seem to make up his mind on the issue of industrial wind complexes.
May 23, 2013: Letters to the editor
Let people be free; legalize use of drugs
I think it is an unfortunate display of unbridled power fueled by mistaken notions about the consequences of drug usage, production and distribution that two raids were allowed to take place in Kokomo.
May 22, 2013: Letters to the editor
Servicemen enemies of U.S. Constitution?
One of the enduring features of our constitutional republic is the right of its citizens to know what their government is doing. The current administration has decided to develop new policies on religious tolerance in the military.
May 21, 2013: Letters to the editor
Tipton development: A study in contrasts
These are exciting times for Tipton County, with Chrysler coming to the county and bringing more than 800 legitimate jobs.
Letter to the Editor: May 13, 2013
Good people wouldn’t do this to their neighbors. This common refrain is being heard over eastern Howard County where industrial development is planned for our farmland in the form of massive wind turbines.
Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2013
How fortunate, that after years of trying to bring top-notch wind energy companies to Tipton County, this great choice is here for us — just at the right time. Tipton County badly needs the revenue from clean wind farm companies.
Letter to the Editor: May 10, 2013
As a taxpayer and concerned citizen of eastern Howard County, I have read some of the latest scholarly and peer-reviewed information available on industrial wind turbines. It’s not something I ever wanted to do or expected to do, and I do not pretend to be an expert even after reading much information.
Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2013
More than 1,500 Hoosier children just received an early death sentence from the Indiana Legislature. By slashing the state budget for tobacco prevention and cessation by 38 percent, our lawmakers told us that the health and future of our children isn’t important.
Letters to the Editor: May 8, 2013
The citizens of Howard County have watched Tipton County’s elected officials deal with growing opposition to wind farms. They have responded to the concern of their citizens and are reviewing their ordinances related to wind development.
May 5, 2013: Letters to the editor
All at IU Kokomo deserve recognition
This week, nearly 550 Indiana University Kokomo students will reach a milestone they will treasure for a lifetime when they become IU Kokomo's newest graduates.
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