Welcome to our live coverage of the results of today's vote on the referendums to raise property taxes in Munster, Union Township and Boone Township (Hebron) school districts.
Larry DeBoer, the Purdue economist, tracks these referendums. He has said there's a 50% success rate for these referendums. So out of the three in Northwest Indiana -- we're not including Knox, which also has a referendum today -- which do you think will pass?
There are a lot of intense emotions in Union Township and Munster, based on my email inbox and some phone calls.
Hey, I just remembered there's another election tonight -- in South Carolina. Former Gov. Mark Sanford is running for Congress against Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Sanford, you might remember, is the guy who apparently thought the Appalachian Trail was in Argentina. That's going to be a fun one, too.
That South Carolina race is interesting. Colbert Busch had a lead, but the latest polling had Sanford erasing that lead.
Colbert Busch ought to be funny, if she's anything like her brother.
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I was surprised by that Facebook post this afternoon that purported to show results so far of the voting today. Those ballots aren't to have been counted yet. That happens after the polls close at 6 p.m.
Correct, Doug. I believe those numbers were a running tally of known supporters of the referendum who showed up to vote. Obviously, that is in no way official, and that should have been made clear on the Facebook post to avoid any confusion.
Here is a midday update from Times reporter Bill Dolan on the Munster referendum:
Lake County Elections Director Michelle Fajman said the polling in the town's 25 precincts Tuesday has gone on trouble free. Some 1,642 people voted early either by mail or in-person over the since April 8. The only question taken at election central was whether someone wearing a "I love my school" shirt should be allowed inside the polling place for fear it amounted to electioneering. James Wieser, elections board lawyer, said the person was allowed in to vote, since the shirt slogan didn't mention the referendum itself.