Wednesday, December 29, 2021 6:16 PM
The submission of local candidacies for the May primary begins on Wednesday January 5.
The last day to apply is noon on February 4.
Nominations for the school board begin on July 27 and end at noon on August 26.
The county offices on the ballot in 2022 include the district attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff, assessor, southern district commissioner; county council for districts 1, 2, 3 and 4; Township Trustees, Township Advisory Councils (three seats per council), City of Milford Office, Syracuse City Council Districts 1 and 2, Winona Lake City Council Districts 3 and 5, Democratic Constituency Committee Members (primary election) and delegates to the state convention (primary).
County commissioners are elected from across the county, not just by district voters.
County Council Districts 1-4 will only appear to voters who reside in their districts. Voters will not have all council districts on their ballot. The county general council appears on every ballot, but is only voted in presidential election years.
As of October 2021, the districts in the states and the United States, according to the 2020 census, are:
• Indiana State Senate, 9th District: Etna, Jefferson, Plain, Prairie, Scott, Tippecanoe, Turkey Creek, Van Buren; Wayne 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13; city of Warsaw, Wayne 2-Winona Lake, Wayne 8-Warsaw.
• Indiana State Senate, 18th District: Clay, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Lake, Monroe, Seward, Washington; Wayne 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12.
• Representative of the State of Indiana, 18th district: Tippecanoe, Turkey Creek.
• Representative of the State of Indiana, 22nd Borough: Clay, Etna, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Monroe, Plain, Prairie, Scott, Seward, Van Buren, Washington, Wayne and the city of Warsaw.
• American Congress, 2nd district: Clay, Etna, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Monroe, Plain, Prairie, Scott, Seward, Van Buren, Wayne (except Wayne 12) and city of Warsaw.
• American Congress, 3rd district: Tippecanoe, Turkey Creek, Washington and Wayne 12.
• US Senate, two senators elected every six years, last elections in 2022 and 2024 and next elections in 2028 and 2030.
In a letter explaining the 2021-2022 constituency mergers, Kosciusko Circuit and Superior Court Clerk Ann Torpy wrote that in 2018, county commissioners filed an order establishing constituencies with the Electoral Division of the ‘Indiana to update the boundaries of some constituencies located in the city of Warsaw. This ordinance was intended to correct the boundaries of the enclosure to follow the districts of the city council. The Indiana Election Division and Office of Census data approved the order in 2018. The county has made corrections to its constituency maps and voter registration data to reflect the approved order.
During the 2021 redistribution process, the Office of Census Data rolled back the precinct boundaries, which the Indiana legislature made from maps provided by the Office of Census Data. This error forced Torpy, who made changes to the county’s voter registration records in 2019 based on the approval of the electoral division and the census data bureau, to submit data to the IED and to the census data office so that the lines match what the county has recorded.
Based on the Indiana code, newly established districts cannot have fewer than 600 active voters. Since the corrections alter the boundary of the precinct, state law interprets this as a “newly established enclosure”; as a result, several constituencies in the city of Warsaw have well under 600 active voters. The clerk had to consolidate several ridings to accommodate the Indiana code. Below is a list of neighborhoods that will no longer exist and the neighborhood they are in now.
• Plain 6 is consolidated into Plain 2.
• Ward 5, ward 2 is grouped together within ward 1 of ward 2. This ward was changed by the city in 2012 to another municipal district of the city council, as previously indicated by the ward in which the ward was located. . The new district will now correspond to the correct city. district of the municipal council.
• District 5, district 3 is grouped together within district 5, district 1.
• Ward 3, Ward 3 is grouped together within Ward 4, Ward 1. This ward was changed by the city in 2012 to another municipal district of the city council, as previously indicated by the ward in which the district was located. piece. The new district will now correspond to the correct city. district of the municipal council.
• District 4, enclosure 2 is grouped together in district 4, enclosure 1.
• District 4, enclosure 3 is grouped together in district 4, enclosure 1.
• District 2, district 2 is grouped together within district 2, district 1.
The city of Warsaw will now have the following constituencies for 2022: Quartier 1 Precinct 1, Ward 1 Precinct 2, Ward 1 Precinct 4, Ward 2 Precinct 1, Ward 3 Precinct 1, Ward 3 Precinct 2, Ward 4 Precinct 1, Ward 5 Cité 1 and Plain 5, according to Torpy’s letter.
The Warsaw Community School Board is also affected by this change. Torpy’s remedy for this will be to have a ballot for both school board districts in the affected constituencies, as there is no other way around the constituency size requirement by the law of l ‘State.
Kosciusko County will now have 64 electoral districts and three non-voting districts.
The City of Warsaw and the City of Winona Lake have annexed areas in the following ridings: Wayne 8 and Wayne 2. Since these annexations divide a census block, Torpy said they were unable to change the area annexed into constituencies located in these towns. For example, the annexation of Wayne 8 would have been incorporated into Warsaw 3-1. As they were unable to do so, this part of Wayne 8 will be sent back to Wayne 8-Warsaw and the part of Wayne 2 will now be sent back to Wayne 2-Winona Lake. Residents of those areas will vote for city / town and County Council offices 3. They will also be included in the Intermediate Commissioner’s District, Torpy’s letter concludes.
As for the school board elections in November, they will include: Tippecanoe Valley District 3, Franklin Township – Kosciusko County; Tippecanoe Valley District 4, Henry Township – Fulton County; Tippecanoe Valley District 5, Township of New Castle – County of Fulton; Triton 1 School District, Tippecanoe Township – Marshall County; Triton Schools District 2, Etna Township – Kosciusko County; Triton Schools District 4, City of Bourbon – County of Marshall; Wa-Nee Schools, Harrison Township, Locke Township, Union Township – Elkhart County; Wawasee Community Schools District 1, Tippecanoe Township; Wawasee Community Schools, District 2, Turkey Creek Township; Wawasee Community Schools District 3, Van Buren Township, Jefferson Precinct 3; Warsaw District 1 community schools; Warsaw community schools, district 2; Warsaw Community Schools, District 7; Whitko Community Schools District 4, Jackson, Monroe, Washington Townships – Kosciusko County; and Whitko Community Schools District 5, Richland and Cleveland Townships – Whitley County.
For more information on the elections, visit the county website at kcgov.com and look under “elections”.
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