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Sunday, October 06, 2019 1:00 am

State deadline to register to vote is Monday

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

If you want to have a say in the Nov. 5 municipal election and haven't registered to vote, you need to do so in person by close of business Monday. Voters registering online have until midnight Monday night.

Hoosiers can register to vote online by using the Indiana Voters app or by going to www.IndianaVoters.com. People also can submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk's office.

In addition to registration, Indianavoters.com and the app allow Hoosiers to look up their polling place, get directions to that location, find out who's on the ballot, track their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election officials.

“I urge all eligible Hoosiers to exercise their right to vote,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. “It only takes a few minutes to register and can be done online at any time.”

Voters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE.

Holcomb to speak to county GOP

Gov. Eric Holcomb will be the keynote speaker for the Allen County Republican Party's annual Reagan Bean Dinner on Nov. 1.

Party Chairman Steve Shine said in a statement that Holcomb is the state's “most admired and popular elected leader.” Shine praised Holcomb for “accelerating major road projects, increasing high speed affordable internet to unserved Hoosiers, establishing better air service for the state and committing the largest infusion of funding in the state's history to better our network of trails.”

The fundraising dinner and VIP reception will be at Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel & Conference Center at Washington Center and Coldwater roads. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., and dinner at 6:45 p.m.

Dinner tickets are $75 a person, and tickets for the dinner and VIP reception are $150 a person. For information, go to allencountygop.com or call 260-745-1970.

City Republican backs UAW strike

Like many political candidates, Taylor Vanover has a Facebook page for his campaign for a seat on the Fort Wayne City Council.

But uncharacteristically for a Republican candidate, Vanover's page includes a photograph of him standing with members of the United Auto Workers as they strike against General Motors.

The photo of Vanover and others posing with strikers was taken near GM's pickup assembly plant in southwest Allen County and posted to Facebook on Sept. 24.

“Regardless of party, I went out there and supported them, and I think that they're fighting for a good cause,” Vanover said last week in a telephone interview.

The UAW has been demanding higher wages and a process for temporary GM workers to become permanent employees. The union also has been resisting GM requests that workers pay more for their health care benefits.

Vanover said striking workers “want to be treated fairly” but were being “mistreated” by GM.

Vanover is challenging Democrat Councilman Geoff Paddock in District 5 in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

Paddock was endorsed in June by the Allen County UAW Community Action Program Council, which the council and Paddock posted on their Facebook pages at the time. 

State's township trustees convene

Allen County township trustees were among the record-setting 500 people who attended last month's Indiana Township Association educational conference in Indianapolis.

Attendees from Allen County included Mike Meyers and staff, Aboite Township; Denita Washington and staff, Adams Township; Lynn Rorick, Jefferson Township; Jane Linker, Charlotte Kaiser and Geraldine Franke, Madison Township; Harrold Kleine, Marion Township; Max Meyer, Monroe Township; Eric Tippmann, Perry Township; John D. Henry, Pleasant Township; Sarah Gnagy and staff, St. Joseph Township; Bill Harris, Springfield Township; Robert Arnold, Washington Township; Austin Knox and Callie Jones, Wayne Township.

The conference was Sept. 22 to 25. According to the organization's registration packet, the Indiana Township Association “is striving to meet the educational needs of attendees from all sizes and types of townships” with its annual conference.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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