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November Election Preview: Fewer Candidates Will Mean Low Voter Turnout, Officials Say

Monroe County voters

(Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

Monroe County Elections officials say they expect low voter turnout in November, and for good reason.

Officials will distribute ballots in only two Bloomington City Council districts: 2 and 3. In every other district, candidates are running unopposed.

The ballot’s only Republican candidate, Andrew Guenther, will face Democrat Sue Sgambelluri for the District 2 seat.

In total, six Democratic city council candidates advanced to the November election.

Incumbent Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and City Clerk Nicole Bolden, as well as all at-large city council candidates are running unopposed.

Monroe County Elections Supervisor Karen Wheeler says this is definitely out of the ordinary.

“No one that works with me, we can’t remember the last time this has happened," she says. "Can’t say it’s never happened, but we don’t have a recollection of this.

As such, the election board will operate only nine polling sites in November, instead of the 21 that were used in May’s primary election.

In Kokomo’s mayoral race, Democrat Abbie Smith and Republican Tyler Moore will face off to fill the seat left open by the outgoing Greg Goodnight (D).

Goodnight announced earlier this year he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Terre Haute’s mayoral election will see Karrum Nasser (D) battle incumbent Duke Bennett, who has held office since 2008. If Bennett wins, he will become the first Terre Haute mayor to be elected to four terms.

 

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