Mid-term: 2022 – La Spartana

The 2022 midterm elections are approaching! In the state of Indiana, the secretary of state, a senator and the district representative from Allen County are up for election. As of August 23, 2022, FiveThirtyEight ranks the House of Representatives and Senate as skinny Democrat and skinny Republican, respectively, meaning both are extremely competitive. If you can vote in this election, your vote WILL COUNT. Here’s what you need to know:

Senate – Todd Young v. Tom McDermott c. James Sceniak

Holder – Todd Young (R):
Major issues include inflation, anti-abortion, securing the Mexican border and opposing President Biden. This would be Young’s second term. Young has been in the role since 2017.

Tom McDermott (D):
Young’s main opposition; major issues include gun control, marijuana legalization, pro-choice legislation, LGBTQ rights, and President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Former mayor of Hammond, IN; he would be Indiana’s first Democratic senator since 2012.

James Sceniak (L):
Libertarian, third-party candidate; major issues include inflation, pro-choice legislation, the end of corporate welfare, and criminal justice reform. If elected, James Scéniak would be America’s first and only Libertarian Senator.

Chamber – Jim Banks vs. Gary Synder vs. Nathan Gotsch

Holder – Jim Banks (R):
Major issues include inflation, anti-abortion, anti-immigration and promoting former President Trump’s America First agenda. As a self-proclaimed “Christian nationalist,” Banks is an avid
supporter of Donald Trump.

Gary Snyder (D):
Main opposition to banks; key issues include climate protections, voting rights and support for Biden’s agenda. Snyder has no previous political experience and has been involved with Indiana radio.

Nathan Gotsch (me):
independent challenger; the main problems are inflation and the elimination of corruption. Gotsch is a local reporter who helped inform northeast Indiana about Covid-19.

Indiana Secretary of State – Diego Morales vs. Destiny Wells vs. Jeff Maurer

Diego Morales (right):
Republican candidate; major issues are not available on its website, nor does social media provide much information about its politics. On the website, he said he was “a faith-guided curator” and went to college in the Netherlands.

Well of Fate (D):
Democratic candidate; key issues are non-partisan election verification and the encouragement of small businesses. Wells narrowly led in the polls last week, meaning this race is a toss-up.

Jeff Maurer (L):
Libertarian candidate; key issues include election transparency, open audits of all counties, and encouragement of small businesses.

If you’re 18, you might be thinking, “This is my first election! I don’t know how to vote. Check out Dr. Ginder’s email you received on August 23, 2022 for the link to register, and here’s what Allen County Board of Elections Elections and Mail-in Voting Assistant April Johnson had to say :

“The voting process is quite simple. You can check our website to find your voting location. On election day, they will check your ID, usually a passport or driver’s license, show you how to vote, and you’ll be good to go.

There are a set number of locations depending on the type of election, so if you volunteered at a polling station in 2020 or drove one, it might be different for the 2022 midterms. See the website for more information (https://allencountyinvoters.gov/).

Are you over sixteen, but not 18? You can still participate in the election by other means! First, you can volunteer at a polling place and earn $110. It can also count towards your community service. This can help relieve polling stations if turnout is high, which hopefully it will be, and it would look great on a college application. Consider it! Even better, anyone, regardless of age, can enter Indiana’s “I Voted” sticker design contest. If you are a creative person, visit https://www. in.gov/sos/2022-i-voted-sticker-design-competition/.

AP Gov. Teacher M. Byall has some advice for new voters: “Identify who is showing up; research their background, experience, views and proposals; select who (you) would be best for this office. I would start with https://indianavoters.in.gov/ to see who is on the ballot. Go to their websites to learn more about them, as well as to view a variety of articles about them,” says Byall. He recommends registering early on the IN voters website. The election takes place on November 8, 2022. Voting is your civic duty, so be sure to research your candidates, plan your day around voting, and get to the polls!

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