Regionally Speaking, Monday, January 7, 2019

Jan 7, 2019

Porter County Commissioner Laura Blaney talks about the 19-page document, complete with flow charts, that sets out in detail now future elections will be handled in her county. Blaney says there are many players when it comes to dealing with local elections, and this guide will help in determining who's responsible.
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Today:   Porter County Commissioner Laura Blaney talks about the events on Election Day (and Night) last November that led to late-evening polls, uncounted absentee ballots and, in general, a three-day wait for election returns.  Blaney and her colleagues in county government created a 19-page document, complete with flow charts, that sets out in detail who is responsible for elections and lists contacts with local officials, where appropriate.  Crown Point resident Heather Zivkovich talks about the monumental task to fulfilling her late father Bob Morgan's wish -- to complete what he started on a childrens' Christmas book.  "Is My Grandpa Santa's Elf?" is now available online and from the publisher, Mascot Books.

And we revisit our conversation with Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr about the work that his crews do to keep drainage ditches clear of debris and obstructions that -- if not cleared away -- lead to flooding.  Emerson's department managed more than 600 miles of ditches outside the towns and cities and in unincorporated Lake County townships.