Polls open for Election Day with Indianapolis mayoral race in focus

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2015) – Voters across central Indiana will head to the polls Tuesday for Election Day.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and are scheduled to close at 6 p.m.

In Marion County, the mayoral race is in the spotlight. Democrat Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer are vying for the mayor’s office after incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard decided not to seek reelection.

Both candidates have focused heavily on plans to reduce crime around Indianapolis and pledged to hire additional police officers.

Election Day also marks a unique year for the City-County Council, where all 25 districts have been redrawn. As a result, some incumbents are running in new neighborhoods or against another current council member.

In addition, four countywide seats have been eliminated, reducing the size of the council from 29 members to 25.

Numbers showed early voting was down 30 percent from the 2011 election. Election officials hope good weather will encourage more people to head to the polls Tuesday.

For more information about local races and to find your polling place, visit the state’s website.