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October 2019

Find your polling place, ballot info

More than 4.5 million Hoosiers are registered voters and many of them will head to the polls for local elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

This election will cover most of Indiana’s cities and towns across the state. Hoosiers will have the opportunity to select their mayor, city clerk or city clerk-treasurer, judge of a city court and town council member or members.

Remember to bring your state-issued photo ID with you when heading to your polling place to cast your ballot.

State law requires voters to be at least 18 years old on Election Day, or 17 years old if they will turn 18 on or before the next general election, and live in their precinct for at least 30 days before the election.

The polls will be open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Click here to find your polling place, with easy access to directions and addresses, and to see who will be on your ballot and other issues you might get to help decide in your area.

Early voting is already underway in Indiana for Hoosiers interested in casting their vote before Election Day. Visit indianavoters.com to learn more about early voting in your area, or to check your voting status and learn more about election security.

Indiana unemployment at its lowest since 2000

Indiana’s unemployment dropped in September to its lowest level in nearly two decades. At 3.2%, the last time the Hoosier state reached this unemployment rate was December 2000.

According to Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development, the Hoosier state gained 1,700 construction jobs last month, resulting in 21,500 new construction employment opportunities so far this year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found Indiana’s labor force stands at 64.5%, which is higher than the national rate of 63.2%.

Compared to its neighboring states, Indiana is the only state with an unemployment rate under 4%, and we are under the national average of 3.5%. Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Montana tied with the Hoosier state for the 18th lowest jobless rate in the country.

Our state is also investing in workforce initiatives on behalf of employees and employers. Job providers in Indiana can take advantage of the Next Level Jobs initiative to connect with qualified workers. If you are a job seeker looking to add more skills to your tool box, you can also use this resource to help springboard into jobs in high-demand fields. For more information, visit nextleveljobs.org.

Indiana’s welcoming business climate continues to attract job providers. With our balanced budgets and AAA credit rating, our economy is strong and benefiting hardworking Hoosiers.

House Internship Application Deadline Oct. 31

The deadline to apply for the Indiana House Republicans’ paid internship is Oct. 31. College students and recent graduates interested in gaining hands-on experience and building their portfolios should apply online as soon as possible.

This internship takes place during the 2020 legislative session (January to mid-March) at the Indiana Statehouse and is full-time Monday-Friday. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750. College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students can earn course credit during the internship depending on their school and are eligible to apply for a $3,000 scholarship.

The Indiana House Republican Caucus internship is unlike many others. Aside from being a paid position, it offers the opportunity to gain meaningful and real-world work experience. Interns help state representatives in a variety of ways, including in the legislative department and in media relations and policy research. There’s also a need for a law student to work with our chief counsel and staff attorneys who oversee all House proceedings as lawmakers draft and file legislation.

Participants hone valuable job skills and build a strong network of professional contacts. With so many topics debated and industries affected by the legislative process, students from any major can benefit from this experience.

In fact, many former interns have used this opportunity to find jobs with the Indiana House Republicans, as well as with other state government agencies and in the private sector. This internship looks great on a resume and typically serves as a launching pad into other successful careers. Watch a video about a day in the life of an intern.

Don’t wait to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program. Interviews have been ongoing and positions are already being filled. Remember: The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Free Smoke Alarms Available

In 2018, 93 people died from house fires across Indiana. Nationally, more than two-thirds of fatal fires occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

To protect more Hoosiers, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security created the “Get Alarmed” program to provide free smoke alarms to Indiana residents.

The “Get Alarmed” program, managed by the Indiana Fire Marshal in partnership with the American Red Cross, aims to address an increase in house fires by providing up to three working smoke alarms to Hoosier households statewide.

The program accepts requests from fire departments and citizens for their primary residences. Click here to request a free alarm.

Last year, the IDHS received a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant of $512,000, helping to fund the purchase of 10,000 smoke alarms, and 1,000 SafeAwake deaf and hearing impaired alarms for the “Get Alarmed” program. The agency works with local fire departments and service providers to properly install the alarms and educate residents about fire prevention and safety. Remember to test your smoke alarms each month to make sure the batteries are still working and replace alarms every 10 years. To learn about fire safety and prevention tips, click here.

For more information on this program, click here.

Harvest Season Driving Tips

Harvest season is in motion, which means more slow-moving farm equipment will be on Indiana’s roads.

According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, farm vehicles were involved in 73 fatal crashes across the U.S., with seven of those incidents occurring in Indiana.

By law, farm equipment must have the nationally designated slow-moving vehicle sign — a red triangle-shaped reflector — to warn other motorists. The most common types of farm equipment Hoosiers will encounter are combines and tractors pulling grain carts, and these vehicles often travel at speeds less than 25 mph.

Giving yourself extra time and planning ahead by finding alternate routes helps. It is also important to watch for wide vehicles, especially when approaching hills and curves in the road.

Farmers will pull over for motorists to pass when they are able, but it may take them some time to find a safe place to do so. When attempting to pass farm equipment, always look for oncoming traffic, and make sure the vehicle is actually pulling over to let you pass and not making a wide left turn.

Do not drive around these vehicles within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge or tunnel.

Remember to be cautious on the roads this harvest season.

For more safety tips, click here or visit isda.in.gov.

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