After historically poor voter turnout in May’s primary election, the general election might not be much different for Indiana. The state faces a November without a major race, such as governor or senator, at the top of the ballot. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talks with candidates for State Auditor and Treasurer about the issues they’re hoping will get people to the polls.
At the heart of the dispute between Indiana and computer giant IBM is whether the technology firm’s failures in the contract to modernize the state’s welfare system were enough to justify Indiana terminating the whole contract, and getting damages afterward.
Races for treasurer, auditor and secretary of state top this year's ticket, but many strategists are focusing on the Indiana House of Representatives, where Republicans hope to protect their supermajority.
For every one dollar spent through CHIP, 75 cents comes from the federal government and the state pays 25 cents. Congress has reached out to governors, asking for feedback and recommendations, as it considers whether to continue financially supporting the program.
The state hired IBM in 2006 to modernize its welfare system, signing a 10-year contract worth $1.3 billion dollars. But the shift from human case workers to greater automation was beset by reported problems, and three years later Gov. Mitch Daniels canceled the contract.
With no race of national interest on the ballot in Indiana, the television ad wars that accompany most election seasons have been largely missing. But the men and women running for state treasurer, auditor and secretary of state are trying to fill the void and nab voters’ attention.