News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Election 2008

Election 2008
  • TS Election 2008 logo Election '08: Wabash Valley Roundup • Early voter turnout unusually high in Vermillion County

    • Voting process uneventful in Parke County

    • Voting steady throughout day in Clay County

    • Heavy morning turnout in Sullivan County

    • No major problems at Clark County, Ill., polls

    • Polling sites busy in Edgar County, Ill.

    November 4, 2008 1 Photo

  • Election '08: Voting in Vigo County steady Voters formed lines early today at the polls in Vigo County, where many workers reported several hundred people cast ballots, yet most sites did not have long delays, officials say.

    November 4, 2008

  • Election '08: Obama backers line up for Chicago rally Hundreds of people are already lining up outside Chicago’s Grant Park for a Barack Obama rally.

    Many of the supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate are sporting Obama T-shirts and buttons. Some are eating lunch by the roadside or chatting on their cell phones as they wait.

    November 4, 2008

  • TS Election 2008 logo It's time to decide: 21 percent of Vigo voters file absentee ballots About 15,000 registered voters in Vigo County had cast an absentee ballot in four satellite voting sites — nearly 19 percent of the 79,413 registered voters in the county — prior to the close of absentee balloting at noon Monday.

    November 4, 2008 1 Photo

  • Election '08: Obama arrives in Indy, makes voter calls Democratic Sen. Barack Obama flew to Indianapolis late this morning to make some last-minute phone calls to voters.

    Obama arrived at Indianapolis International Airport around 10:30 a.m. and headed to a nearby United Auto Workers Local 550 “Get Out the Vote” call center. He stayed there about 45 minutes and made 13 phone calls.

    November 4, 2008

  • Election '08 Update: Indiana voters face long lines in historic election Long lines formed at voting locations around Indiana this morning as thousands of voters prepared to cast ballots to wrap up the state’s historic election season.

    Some encountered waits of up to two hours, and the Indiana Secretary of State’s office was advising people to avoid peak voting hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    November 4, 2008

  • TS Election 2008 logo Palin confident as she heads to polls, Phoenix Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she remains confident as she prepared to vote in the presidential election.

    The Alaska governor stopped at a coffee shop in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, on her way to vote this morning.

    November 4, 2008 1 Photo

  • TS Election 2008 logo Obama and McCain taking a last crack at voters Democrat Barack Obama joined the nation’s earliest voters today as people around the nation began lining up to cast ballots in a historic election pitting Republican John McCain against the man seeking to become the first black president in U.S. history.

    November 4, 2008 1 Photo

  • TS Election 2008 logo Record number of voters expected to deluge polls Voting problems surfaced in several areas early today as people turned out in droves as balloting commenced along the Eastern Seaboard and in mid-Atlantic states.

    Voters needed to use paper ballots because of problems with electronic voting machines in some New Jersey precincts. And in New York, Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez-Rivera said many people began lining up as early as 4 a.m. at some polling places to avoid long lines, leading to erroneous reports that some sites were not opening on time.

    November 4, 2008 1 Photo

  • Election '08: Long lines at polls as Illinoisans vote Election Day lines are stretching down hallways and out doorways throughout Illinois.

    But Charles Jones didn’t have much of a wait in East St. Louis.

    The 72-year-old retired General Motors worker was able to vote immediately after walking in to the National Guard armory.

    November 4, 2008

  • Long Thompson stops in TH, keeps fight going With the election a day away, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson made one last stop in Terre Haute on Monday to thank supporters and get her message out to voters.

    November 3, 2008

  • Accessibility issue causes problem at satellite location for disabled voter “Handicapped accessible” may mean wheelchair ramps and doors designed to open at the push of a button, but when it comes to voting at a satellite location in Vigo County, accessibility is in dispute.

    November 3, 2008

  • Obama holds slim lead in poll of Rose-Hulman students Sen. Barack Obama is not only leading Sen. John McCain in national polls going into today’s election – he also is ahead in a poll of normally conservative Rose-Hulman students.

    According to a straw poll of students attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Obama leads McCain, 45.3 to 42.7 percent.

    November 3, 2008

  • Vigo clerk predicts large turnout An increase in voter turnout will not increase the number of staff or machines used Election Day.

    “This will be 20 years that I’ve been involved in election administration, and I anticipate that this will be a historic event, that it will be the largest turnout that we’ve ever had,” said Pat Mansard, Vigo County clerk.

    November 2, 2008

  • Pundits agree on presidential winner if not the margin By a landslide or a haircut, two Wabash Valley professors agree on their prediction that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama will beat GOP Sen. John McCain come Tuesday.

    November 1, 2008

  • House campaigns spending big bucks More than $730,000 has been spent during the midyear election season on just a handful of Indiana House legislative district races in the Wabash Valley.

    November 1, 2008

  • Message from the pulpit: Go vote Churchgoers may hear an additional message today from their pastors, priests or ministers: Vote.

    November 1, 2008

  • TS Mark Swaner 'Joe' the Plumber This plumber a card-carrying Joe His name isn’t Joe, but he is a licensed plumber — and he supports Sen. Barack Obama for president.

    Mark Swaner, 46, training coordinator for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157, turned a poster into a yard sign in Terre Haute, letting people know just that.

    The sign states “The real Joe the Plumber supports Obama.”

    October 31, 2008 1 Photo

  • Blind voter denied ballot, voting help A Terre Haute man says he is being discriminated against at satellite voting locations because of a disability, and according to federal disability law, he may be right.

    October 30, 2008

  • Vermillion to allow teens to work polls Vermillion County officials gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to youth participation in Tuesday’s election.

    October 30, 2008

  • tspauley Former Today Show co-host visits Valley to campaign for Obama As a former Today Show co-host, Jane Pauley used to greet millions of television viewers each morning.

    Now, she is traveling to cities and towns throughout Indiana to help Barack Obama become the next president of the United States.

    Pauley, who turns 58 Friday, admits she is passionate about her new cause and her current effort to help Obama win Indiana on Election Day.

    October 30, 2008 1 Photo

  • tsrokita Secretary of State Todd Rokita brings message to Wabash Valley With his state budget running low, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is turning to a more grassroots campaign-like attempt to inform Hoosiers about registering to vote and the election process.

    October 29, 2008 1 Photo

  • GOP Zoeller stops in Valley, touts experience Greg Zoeller has been on the road a lot lately. Indiana’s Republican candidate for attorney general stopped in Terre Haute on Tuesday en route from Indianapolis to Evansville, hitting eight cities in all.

    October 28, 2008

  • More than 8K Vigo ballots cast so far Just over 9 percent of Vigo County registered voters had cast an absentee ballot in four early voting sites as of Monday, county Clerk Patricia Mansard reports.

    October 28, 2008

  • TS Election 2008 logo More than a dozen candidates ask union members for their help More than a dozen Wabash Valley political candidates sought support from union members at a candidates forum Monday night at the Wabash Valley Labor Temple in Terre Haute.

    October 28, 2008 1 Photo

  • Italian newspaper sends reporter to Terre Haute to investigate Vigo County’s ability to pick presidential winner Vigo County’s reputation for predicting presidential elections has reached across the ocean, stirring the interest of an Italian newspaper correspondent, who is visiting Terre Haute.

    October 28, 2008

  • TS Election 2008 logo Mick Love going door-to-door in battle against Public Question No. 1 Harrison Township Assessor Mick Love estimates he has hand-delivered more than 2,000 business cards with the words, “Vote No.”

    October 27, 2008 1 Photo

  • Nearly 7,000 ballots cast at satellite sites as of Friday

    A steady stream of voters made their way to The Meadows shopping center satellite voting site late Thursday morning, and among them was 49-year-old Kathy Waterman.

    October 25, 2008

  • Jill Long Thompson launches bus tour, makes campaign stops in Valley With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson has launched a “Road to Change” bus tour that will take her to 56 communities covering 2,500 miles in 10 days.

    October 25, 2008

  • Absentee voters who make mistakes have options for correction Citizens who vote absentee and later realize they’ve made a mistake do have some options to correct those errors, election officials say.

    October 25, 2008

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