Everything you need to know before heading to the polls

Tuesday is primary Election Day in the state of Indiana. The polls are open until 6:00 p.m. Here are some guidelines:

Posted: May. 8, 2018 8:31 AM
Updated: May. 8, 2018 8:36 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tuesday is primary Election Day in the state of Indiana. The polls are open until 6 p.m. Here are some guidelines:

You are eligible to vote Tuesday if you are a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana. You must be at least 18 years old by the date of the general election in November. A photo ID is also required.

For a list of where to vote in Tippecanoe County, click here.

You can check your voter registration and polling location here.

You can find a sample ballot for Tippecanoe County here.

You can find more information about the primary election and what is public information here.

You can also follow all of the Election Day results online and on air Tuesday night. 

Tippecanoe County Sheriff
It's been an ongoing battle since the three republican candidates officially submitted their names in February.

Incumbent Sheriff Barry Richard said he is proud of his work as sheriff. He said he will continue to work on his five-year plan to add more personnel to the sheriff's department. He is proud of the advancements made under his leadership, including new vehicles and an inmate body scanner.

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski has been highly critical of the leadership of the current sheriff's office. He said he will increase drug enforcement, the use of K-9 units in the jail, and implement a DARE program in Tippecanoe County schools.

Lt. John 'Woody' Ricks has worked in the sheriff's office for 28 years and is a lifelong resident of Tippecanoe County.
He said he knows the sheriff's department and its people and will make Tippecanoe County a safer place to live.

Related: WLFI Tippecanoe County primary sheriff debate

Another major point of this race has been campaign finances. Incumbent Sheriff Barry Richard hasn't spent a dime on his campaign, while candidates Jason Dombkowski and John 'Woody' Ricks have done all they can to get their name out there.

Related: Tippecaone Co. voters talk about campaign numbers

Sheriff Richard believes his more than three years on the job speaks for itself.

The most recent campaign filing numbers showed Dombkowski spent more than $40,000 on his campaign and Ricks was more than $9,000.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor
Another contested race throughout this election season is the race for Tippecanoe County Prosecutor. Both Incumbent Patrick Harrington and Lawyer Earl McCoy are on the ballot this year.

Harrington has served as the county's prosector for a little over a decade. If re-elected he hopes to further his work with law enforcement and the drug task force and tackle issues of drug addiction and drug dealing in the community.

McCoy has been involved with law in Tippecanoe County since 1996 and owns his own law firm. If elected he hopes to build strong relationships with law enforcment and assist them in a timely fashion.

Related: WLFI Tippecanoe County primary prosecutor debate

Republican Senate Candidates
One of the most contested primary races statewide is for Joe Donnelly's senate republican contender. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer are both House members and Mike Braun is a former state representative and business owner. All three call themselves staunch Trump supporters.

Related: Republican senate candidates debate

Luke Messer said President Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Todd Rokita is introducing a resolution to end special counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" into Trump's campaign. Mike Braun wants Indiana voters to know he's a convention-busting businessman "just like President Trump."

Braun is being criticized by his opponents because records show he voted in Democratic primaries for decades through 2012.
But Rokita and Messer are labeling Braun "a lifelong Democrat." Braun's ads exploit what appears to be a personal rivalry between Rokita and Messer who think they're nothing like each other and make them look like the same person.

4th District Congressional Seat
With Todd Rokita running for senate, that leaves his 4th District seat in congress open. The 4th District includes every county in the News 18 viewing area.

Thirteen candidates are entering the race for that 4th District congressional seat. There are seven republicans and six democrats on the primary ballot.

Republicans:
Jim Baird
Steve Braun
Kevin Grant
Diego Morales
James Nease
Tim Radice
Jared Guy Thomas

Democrats:
Tobi Beck
Roger Day
Roland Ellis
Darin Griesy
Joseph Mackey
Vronikka Zoil

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