Gary voters head to the polls tomorrow, and being informed about the process and understanding what is at stake is important. From the mayoral to city council races, and from locating your polling place to arranging transportation, here’s a guide to ensure Gary residents are prepared for Election Day.
What’s at stake?
The mayoral election in Gary is largely ceremonial, with state Sen. Eddie Melton expected to be officially elected after defeating incumbent Mayor Jerome Prince in the May primary. Melton is up against Republican candidate Andrew Delano, who is considered a long shot in a city that has been a Democratic stronghold and has not elected a Republican mayor since the 1940s.
In Gary’s Common Council race, three at-large seats are on the ballot, with veteran councilman Ron Brewer, Darren Washington, and Mark Spencer expected to prevail over Republican candidate Ivan Ursery II.
When and where do I vote?
Polling places in Gary will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. There are 35 voting locations across the city. Notable polling places include West Side High School, Gary Public Library and Cultural Center and the Gary Career Center. Residents can find their polling location by entering their address here.
What do I need to vote?
Indiana voters must present a government-issued photo ID before voting. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is offering extended hours to provide free state ID cards for those needing identification to vote. BMV branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 6, and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Gary’s BMV branch is located at 661 Broadway.
Need a ride to vote?
For Gary residents seeking transportation to the polls, AARP Indiana is sponsoring free rides on Gary Public Transportation Corporation buses on Election Day.
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