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Tomorrow is Halloween, and this year is obviously different – masks make us safer, not scarier, and social distancing is changing the usual rituals of trick-or-treat. But you know what gives us more nightmares than Freddy Krueger? The thought that we could send all these e-mails, accompanied by a barrage of posts and tweets…and somehow, you still won’t vote.

That’s right, Tuesday is Election Day – and unlike Friday the 13th, Tuesday the 3rd doesn’t come with any sequels. This is your chance to make your voice heard in an unusually important election.

Early voting is available today (until 9:00PM at the Clerk’s Office in the at the City-County Building) and over the weekend at early voting locations across Indianapolis. The Clerk’s Office is open again Monday; double-check the details for Marion County here and find the locations and schedules for other counties in the region via https://indianavoters.in.gov.

Don’t forget your ID, your mask and your patience.

Through the Wire

Kanye’s first single…remember when he was rapping instead of running? This is your reminder that a number of our endorsed races are coming down to the wire, and every vote counts. We have candidates like Ashley Eason (Senate District 36) who have worked their way into competitive races, and incumbents like Representatives Jerry Torr, Donna Schaibley and Speaker Todd Huston in suburban battlegrounds who deserve our support.

And even though most polling shows Governor Holcomb in the lead, there’s no way to be complacent about a three-candidate contest in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. At the other end of the ballot, Indianapolis school board races often turn contentious as parents try to wade through the rhetoric to figure out what’s best for students and their teachers.

Your vote matters. And even if you don’t tip the balance in one of these races, it may be the friend you forwarded this message to, or the employees you offered paid leave or a flexible schedule to on Tuesday to get to the polls. The stakes are high, so let’s keep pushing to the wire, and through it, on behalf of our Business Advocacy Committee-endorsed candidates:

  • Eric Holcomb for Governor – his steady leadership and strategic investments in education, infrastructure, and workforce development earned our booo-st for re-election;
  • And a bipartisan slate of legislative candidates who can work constructively with Holcomb on a pro-growth, inclusive agenda – get the full list of General Assembly endorsements here;
  • From the statehouse to the schoolhouse, we back Kenneth Allen (at-large), Will Pritchard (District 1), Venita Moore (District 2) and Diane Arnold (District 4) for the IPS board.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Not much. It sucked.

And that’s the most important thing to keep in mind as you vote this year. It’s not about taking an “I voted” selfie or racking up a good winning percentage on our endorsements. It’s about acknowledging that we’ve gone through a year filled with economic disruption and hardship, accompanied by the collective heartache of seeing so many of our fellow Hoosiers give up their lives and livelihoods to the COVID pandemic. So we’re also casting our ballots for a vision of what next summer could look like:

Have we steered the state through this public health crisis, guided by data and science, so we can safely keep our economy open and position ourselves for a sustainable recovery?

Have we scored wins on a policy agenda for a healthier region that’s ready to lead this recovery as Indiana’s economic engine?

Are IPS families looking forward to a 2022 school year with kids safely back in class, taking advantage of diverse educational options and the talents of teachers whose salaries are among the highest in the state?

And has our General Assembly, among its other 2021 accomplishments, passed a 2022-23 budget with long-term, strategic investments in education and workforce, public health, physical and digital infrastructure?

The potential for a different kind of summer come 2021 starts at the polls now. So don’t be haunted on Wednesday by the thought that you could have done more.

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