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State offers online preview of your ballot

With so many races on this year’s ballot, just knowing your choices can be a frustrating exercise.

If you want to know the names of the candidates on your ballot – particularly, which Indiana House district you live in – the Indiana Secretary of State’s office has an excellent tool.

The tool is one of many voter resources on the Web site Click on the third choice: “Review candidates on my ballot.”

Enter your county, name and birthdate, and the website determines your address and presents a list of all the names and offices you will see on your ballot.

The indianavoters website also allows you to check your voting precinct location and has a link to campaign finance records.

Timing is everything

Both the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals periodically meet in communities outside Indianapolis in a welcome effort to engage more Hoosiers in the judicial process. This coming Monday, a three-judge panel of the appeals court will hear oral arguments in a case in Fort Wayne. The three-judge panel will be Paul Mathias, a former Allen Superior Court judge, as well as Nancy Vaidik and Michael Barnes.

It just so happens that those are the three names northeast Indiana voters will see on the appeals court retention ballot on Nov. 6.

And in another happy coincidence, the Allen County commissioners announced Monday that the long-awaited Maplecrest Road extension will officially open Oct. 30 – one week before Commissioner Nelson Peters faces re-election.

Picture imperfect

A complaint was filed Friday with the Allen County Election Board against Democratic County Council candidate Gina Burgess over a Facebook photo.

On her Vote Gina Burgess Facebook page is a photo of what appears to be a voting machine showing the names of the six candidates for County Council. The names checked are Burgess along with Republicans Bill Brown and Roy Buskirk.

Why the complaint?

One section of Indiana law reads: “A voter who knowingly … does anything to enable any other person to see or know for what ticket, candidates, or public questions the voter has voted … or does any other thing, to enable the voter to see or know for what ticket, candidates, or public questions any other voter votes; commits a Class D felony.”

The photo accompanies a posting in which Burgess encourages early voting, implying that the photo was taken by someone who was casting an early vote.

A comment on the posting cites the Indiana law, and Burgess responds by saying, “For the record, this vote wasn’t taken by me or my campaign committee.”

Allen County Director of Elections Beth Dlug said she referred the complaint to Election Board Chairman Zach Klutz to determine how the board should respond.

Some politicos are also complaining about a “sign” on the rail trestle immediately adjacent to the parking lot at the Election Board offices – where early voting is taking place. Decals with the letters “B-U-R-G-E-S-S” are posted – without the “paid for” information required on political signs.

Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, has worked at The Journal Gazette since 1981. He can be reached at 461-8113 or by email,