(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – If you’d say it seems like there is never a break from political campaigns and commercials in Indiana, you’d be right.
2010 was a contentious year for politics both at the national level and in southeast Indiana. This year, there will be political signs littering yards and street intersections in many local cities and towns.
Dearborn County Clerk of Courts Phil Weaver, the county’s top election official, says Hoosiers may eventually have a year on, then year off from campaigns, political advertisements, and going to the ballot box.
“There is some interest in the (Indiana) legislature to have all elections in even numbered years (General Elections) and eliminate costs rather than having these city and town elections held by themselves. This would also increase voter turnout for town officials. This change could happen by the time the next city-town elections roll around,” Weaver said.
Meanwhile, 2011 will be another year of elections.
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 19 people can file a Declaration of Candidacy to run in the City-Town May Primary in Indiana. The deadline to file with a candidate’s local county clerk is noon on Friday, Feb. 18.
Area cities and town holding primaries in 2011 include Lawrenceburg, Greendale, Aurora, Batesville, Rising Sun, Milan, and Versailles.
Other towns do not hold a primary to elect board members and clerk-treasurers, but rather a town convention later in the year if more than one person from the same political party has filed to run for an office. All candidates in those municipalities must file their declaration by noon on Monday, Aug. 1.
Those towns locally include Moores Hill, St. Leon, West Harrison, Napoleon, and Sunman.
Weaver says the Town of Dillsboro has passed a resolution to change their time to elect officials to General Election years.