Early voting at Election Central in Bloomington’s municipal elections ended Monday at noon.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls are open for twelve hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Based on early voting totals, the lack of competition in citywide races and four of the six council districts looks like it could be having the kind of negative impact on turnout that was predicted, especially in District 3.
Chair of Monroe County’s election board, Carolyn VandeWiele, responds to Charlotte Zietlow at the board’s Oct. 3, 2019 meeting. (Dave Askins/Beacon)
Charlotte Zietlow addresses Monroe County’s election board on Thursday, Oct. 3. (Dave Askins/Beacon)
At Thursday afternoon’s meeting of Monroe County’s election board, a question decided by the board two months ago was again raised in front of the three-member body: Should municipal elections be held on Nov. 5 in Bloomington, even in districts where none of the races are contested?
On Thursday, the question was brought up during public commentary by Charlotte Zietlow, whose impact on the political life of Monroe County dates back at least to 1972, when she took a seat on the Bloomington city council, which was followed eight years later by her election to the county’s board of commissioners.