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Kevin Knuth

This also raises the question about moving the Indiana Municipal elections to an even numbered year.

I oppose this idea for several reasons- here a a few:

1. It would be harder for local candidates to raise money as they will be competing with federal candidates for campaign dollars.

2. Local issues will get even less coverage than they currently do- look at last years city council races as an example!

3. Presidential elections tend to bring out more voters than any other years- and more straight ticket voters. This generally means that people are voting "bacause I am a Democrat/Republican" and not because they have studied ANY candidate to have an idea of what they stand for.

Ed. note from Mitch Harper:

This will shock people - Kevin and I are pretty much in agreement here.

Last week I cited concerns such as these for the story by Ben Lanka in the JG -
"City Councilman Mitch Harper, R-4th, said there have been concerns in the past about combining city elections with other races because the other races could overshadow the city issues. Harper previously served 12 years in the state legislature.

He said saving money shouldn’t be the only concern because combining elections could change how local campaigns are waged. Last year’s city races were already being somewhat overshadowed by early presidential campaigning, he said, and that would be even more pronounced if city races were decided in the same year.

Harper said if the state looks at overhauling elections, it should look at other things, such as holding elections on Saturdays when more volunteers are free and more people would have time to vote."

eric schansberg

As you note: If the political parties paid for their own primaries, this would take care of itself.


Early in our nation's history the political parties did finance their own primaries. But that was back when they were allowed to set their own rules of conduct. Eventually, the public came to feel that what the parties did behind closed doors was of too much importance to the general public. As a result the government took steps that, in many respects, changed the parties from private to public entities.

Today, the government regulates the parties activities to such a degree that they should be considered public institutions, and therefore should be financed by the entire public. If you disagree with public financing, then the parties should also be free to regulate themselves. If they want to change the date of their primary, or the methods employed during them, they should be free to do this without government consent.

So, if we want to go back to the days when a few people made important decisions behind closed doors, we should once again privatize the parties. But as long as their behaviour is subject to the dictates of the public, then they should be financed by that same public.

Roger McNeill

While we're at it, let's move the election of Indiana's Governor 2 years off from the Presidential cycle. The Governor's chair is too important to be influenced by the political winds of the national elections.

The Governor of a State should be at the top of the ticket. Many states have already realized this.

Paul Morrison

Gosh, I agree with Mr. Knuth as well. It this the beginning of true bipartisanship in Allen County? Or perhaps Kevin is drifting to the Right.

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