Tuesday is Election Day for the municipal primary. Here's why you should care

Posted: 4:12 PM, May 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-06 16:12:27-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — It’s very easy to be overwhelmed with all the political news in 2019.

No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, you could eventually just tune everything out. Tuesday is Election Day for the municipal primary candidates. It typically has one of the lowest turnouts.

But Indianapolis Councilor Christine Scales, D-District 3, has made the case to care about what you’re voting for.

“In a local election, your vote carries much more weight and has much more of an impact than when you vote nationally,” she said. “Because fewer people vote in a local election.”

What Scales and other people on the City-County Council (and other city councils across the state) vote on impacts your everyday lives.

In fact, Scales says, the decisions made by the council have more impact than the laws made in Washington, D.C. that grab all the attention.

“What we decide here impacts the residents of Marion County on a day-to-day basis,” Scales said.

Whether it’s something simple, like approving the mayor’s proposed budget, to complicated and controversial, like extending the hours of the city’s parking meters.

An RTV6 story on parking meter hours changing reached thousands of people, with dozens furious about the change. If you don’t like those decisions or would like to see some other kind of change in your area, get involved in the process in your area and let your councilor know.

Click here to find out who your City-County Councilor is.

For more information on how and where to vote, click here.