Election Day 2015: Some Indiana high school students vote for the first time

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By: By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The latest developments in Indiana’s municipal elections, during which voters are selecting mayors and City Council members around the state (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Tuesday’s municipal elections are giving some Indiana high school students their first chance to cast votes in an election.

Tristin Rowe, an 18-year-old at Logansport High School, said he was looking forward to voting in Tuesday’s elections in the northern Indiana city. He tells the Pharos-Tribune that by voting “you have the opportunity to choose your future” or at least help choose it by selecting office-holders.

Rowe is one of only a few registered voters at the high school in Logansport, where about 8,200 residents are registered to vote.

Rowe’s classmate, 17-year-old Caleb Veasey, recently got a new state identification card. He’ll be eligible to vote in next year’s general election, when a new U.S. president will be chosen.

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More than 100 cities around Indiana are holding mayoral elections as voters decide who will lead those communities for the next four years.

A new mayor is a certainty in Indianapolis as Democrat Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer seek to replace two-term GOP Mayor Greg Ballard, who didn’t run for re-election.

Hogsett is the much better-known candidate from his time as the city’s U.S. attorney. A wild card could be low voter turnout, as election officials say early voting was down more than 30 percent from the 2011 city election.

Elsewhere, the incumbent mayors in Fort Wayne and Evansville face prominent challengers on Tuesday. Terre Haute Republican Mayor Duke Bennett’s Democratic opponent is Mark Bird, the older brother of Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird.