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Social media played a big role in connecting candidates with voters

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— In the 2008 election, President Barack Obama used the relatively new Facebook and Twitter to create personalized interactions with millions of supporters to rally then to defeat the late Republican Sen. John McCain.  ​Obama’s use of social media both personally and as a paid advertisement platform helped get his face […]

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Millions raised and spent to sway Indiana voters in 2020 election

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— In a year when candidates spent enormous sums on competitive races, overall spending in statewide contests was down by almost half from the last presidential election year.  Although final reports will not be released until early 2021, the $64 million raised statewide in contributions is a stark comparison to the […]

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Indiana’s electors cast votes for Trump-Pence

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s 11 presidential electors made it official Monday and cast their votes for the winners of the presidential election in the state, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. At a largely formal ceremony presided over by Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the electors were sworn in and then formally […]

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Indiana attorneys general support lawsuits challenging Biden’s election

By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s attorney general is continuing to push the U.S. Supreme Court to review lawsuits that seek to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election in four states won by President-elect Joe Biden.  Attorney General Curtis Hill first announced Indiana would join an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief Nov. […]

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Voter turnout roundup: Indiana’s 5% increase isn’t enough to drag it out of the 15 worst states in turnout

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —In an election year where the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the welfare and lives of all, voter turnout increased nationwide, with Indiana hitting the highest turnout since 1992. In the 2016 presidential election, 58% of registered Indiana voters cast ballots. In 2020, 65% of registered Indiana voters made their voices heard at […]

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Blind Hoosiers sue Indiana election leaders over absentee voting limitations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Disability Rights and Disability Rights Advocates have filed a lawsuit on behalf of blind Hoosiers who say Indiana’s current model for absentee voting discriminates against them and limits their ability to vote.  The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Indiana and represents plaintiffs Rita Kersh, Kristin Fleschner, and […]

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New lawmakers bring controversy, diversity to General Assembly on Organization Day

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Thirteen new House members and three new senators were sworn in on Organization Day Tuesday — including an anti-abortion representative supporting an anti-Muslim group and the state’s first Muslim legislator — as the ceremonial start to the 2021 legislative session that will be tasked with addressing COVID-19 issues, the creation […]

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Senate Democrats want redistricting reform in 2021

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Democrats in the Indiana Senate are proposing reform to the process lawmakers follow when they redraw legislative district boundary lines to eliminate partisan gerrymandering.  Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor , D-Indianapolis, was joined by Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, Sen. J.D. Ford, D-Indianapolis, and newly-elected Sen. Shelli Yoder, D-Bloomington, at the Indiana […]

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Attorney General Hill joins push to challenge Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Curtis Hill will add Indiana to a list of states questioning the legitimacy of mail-in ballots counted in the Pennsylvania election.  Hill announced Tuesday he would join a multi-state brief that will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to re-examine the role of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania as it […]

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Democrats select new leader in Indiana Senate

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, is counting on a strong relationship with Senate Republicans to address critical Democratic issues such criminal justice reform and health care disparities in the next session of the General Assembly. Taylor was selected by his peers last week to be the leader of the […]

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