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The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Virtual ballot goes live to inform Hoosiers

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024   

It just got easier for Hoosiers to study who is running in the upcoming May primary.

The Indiana Citizen, a nonpartisan news platform, has published its election guide to help make sense of the thousands of candidates whose names will appear on ballots.

Bill Moreau, its publisher, said this is the fourth election in which The Indiana Citizen has participated, but it is its first primary election. He hopes voters will use the online tool to improve the state's civic health.

"Indiana continues to be ranked among the very bottom for voter registration, civic literacy and turnout," Moreau pointed out. "We wanted to do something to contribute toward the civic health but also providing unbiased information to voters."

According to Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales, voter turnout voter turnout for Indiana in the last comparable election in June 2020 was 24-percent.

The Indiana Citizen is working with Franklin College and The Statehouse File and will provide election results in November. The partnership is the result of the Free Press Indiana initiative.

Moreau noted the goal is to display every candidate's name -- from president to state convention delegates -- on any Indiana voter's primary ballot.

"That will permit voters to, just by typing in their address, find out who's on their ballot and click on the name and go to the information about that candidate," Moreau explained.

Early voting is underway through May 6 in Indiana.


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