Across Indiana, thousands of people are casting votes for dozens of races, including the White House, Senate, Congress and the General Assembly. Here’s what they’re saying about why they cast their votes:
— “I think first and foremost we probably just need to figure out a way we can work together,” said Joe Reece, 34, an Indianapolis software salesman who supported Mitt Romney for president based on his proposals to improve the economy.
— “No one can correct everything in four years, especially the economy. It’s not going to happen overnight,” said Bernadette Hatcher, 42, an Indianapolis warehouse worker who voted to give President Barack Obama a second term.
— “I voted straight Democrat because that’s the party that takes care of the people. I don’t like liars or anything like that,” said retiree Laverna Barsoda, 81, of Osceola, who voted in Mishawaka.
—“I think he needs to finish what he started,” said Joseph Culpepper, 51, an Indianapolis warehouse worker who supported Obama. “I’m hoping he’s got a plan to at least prove to everybody, ‘Hey, I know what I’m doing, this is where we’re going.”’
— “I don’t think it’s their responsibility to find me a job or create me a job. The president can’t create a job for me. I don’t think who is president is going to make job growth happen. It’s going to happen when the economy is better and when there’s a position open I could get into,” said Kathy Weddle, 42, of Osceola, who has been unemployed since losing her sales job in May. She supported Obama for president.
— “I wish I could have voted for Lugar. That’s what I would like to have done. I almost wrote in Dick Lugar,” said Lance McElroy, 46, a professional engineer from Indianapolis who supported Libertarian Andrew Horning in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race.
— “He got his words fumbled up, but what he meant was the truth. He just didn’t say it right,” said Don Weber, a 79-year-old retired police officer from Osceola who supported Republican Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate. Weber said he wasn’t turned off by Mourdock’s comment that a pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended.”
—”Being a woman and believing in women’s rights, that was a big problem,” said Leslie Kidwell, 39, of Indianapolis, referring to Mourdock’s comments on abortion. Kidwell said she voted for longtime Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in the primary but switched her vote to Democrat Joe Donnelly Tuesday.
— “I feel like he hasn’t been tainted with all the politics that the others have been,” said Katrina Schaler, 29, an administrative assistant from Indianapolis who voted for former “Survivor” contestant Rupert Boneham for Indiana governor.