Election Day 2011

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The big races include Fort Wayne mayor, city council and city clerk. As well as the Woodburn, Huntington, Indianapolis and Evansville mayoral races.

Polls are open in Indiana until 6 PM and until 7:30 PM in Ohio.

While this is strictly a municipal election, Allen County Election Board officials are preparing for a voter turnout of up to 40-percent.

The "2007" municipal elections were the first to include the annexed Aboite Township for the Fort Wayne mayor's race.

And 53,000 people cast their ballots.

Just in case you think your vote doesn't matter.

Four years ago, Democratic candidate Karen Goldner unseated longtime second district City Councilman Don Schmidt by just 13-votes.

And back in 1999, Democrat Graham Richard defeated Republican Linda Buskirk for the Fort Wayne mayor's seat by just 129-votes.

And if getting to your polling place is the issue. Today, you can call the Allen County Democrats at 478-8239 or the Allen County Republican party at 422-1554.

Each one would be happy to coordinate your transportation to your polling place.

Tonight we'll have full coverage of all the area races including interviews with the candidates and reaction from voters.

And once the polls close you'll be able to see up-to-date results on the networks of Indiana's NewsCenter and here online.




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