Democrat worries about voter apathy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Election day is just two weeks away and it’s looking like the voter turnout could reach a record low.

Low voter turnout translates into unpredictability and candidates don’t like that.

State Representative Christina Hale says she believes her biggest opponent is apathy.

Hale is a Democrat who represents a Republican leaning district on the northeast side. She says she goes door to door on a daily basis and doesn’t like what she hears from voters.

“I am afraid people aren’t going to turn out to vote when the day comes,” she said.

After a low turnout in the May primary, she worries about both a lack of interest and the weather.

“You know, we had a beautiful sunny day on Election day in the Spring and, you know, our fall hasn’t been going so well,” she said. “If we have a rainy, lousy day, I think people might choose to stay at home.”

Mike Friedman is a first time Republican candidate seeking to unseat Hale. “All politics is local,” he said, “so I think it’s going to come down to the issues in my district and whether they feel like I can do a better job.”

But while Hale is also talking about the issues she is less worried about the challenge posed by Friedman than she is about voter apathy.

“A lot of people don’t seem to be aware that there’s an election at all,” she said.

And time is running out.

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