Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on October 30, 1960 · Page 31
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 31

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, October 30, 1960
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OBER 30, ISW. PUBLIC LIBRARY THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE ud LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA PAU£ ALLOT VOTING MACHINE ['inn a be repealed !}• be amended to fil «nly require an Question 3 YIS HO Shall the "Common Council of tne .City of Logoniport; Indiana, adopt and.enact.an ordinance* providing for the appointment of a Utility Service Board to operate all municipal utilities, electric, water and sewage, of said City? 11 For Judge of ({Appellate Cour I' First District 12 For Judge of Appellate Court First District 13 For Judge of Appellate Court Second District For Judge of For Represents Appellate Court tive in Congret* Second District 2ndCo'--jres- sional District 16 For Joint State Senator Cass ft iFulton Counties 17 For State 'Representative Cass County 18 'For Joint.State Representative 'Cass and" Carroll Counties 19 For Chirk of the Circuit Court 20 For County • Treasurer 21 For ' County Sheriff 22 For County Coroner 23 For County Surveyor 24 For County Commissioner Second District 25 For County Commissioner Third District n A DEMOCRAT Warren W. MARTIN 12 A DEMOCRAT Richard C. O'CONNOR 11 B REPUBLICAN James C. COOPER 12 B REPUBLICAN John M. RYAN 11 C PROHIBITION Harley I. •AUSTEN 12.C [PROHIBITION C. I. ' ENTNER 13 A DEMOCRAT Alexander LYSOHIR „ 14 A DEMOCRAT Russell W. SMITH 15 A DEMOCRAT George H. BOWERS 16 A DEMOCRAT 'Robert E. PETERSON 17 A DEMOCRAT Gerald R. HERSHBERGER 18 A DEMOCRAT Delbert E. SMITH 19 A DEMOCRAT Elizabeth BIEKER 20 A DEMOCRAT Forest H. MONTGOMERY 13 B REPUBLICAN 'Dewey KELLEY 14 B REPUBLICAN John W. PFAFF 15-B REPUBLICAN Charles A. HALLECK 16 B REPUBLICAN 'Roberts. JUSTICE 13 C PROHIBITION Simon >P. •, BONTRAGER 11 D 12 D 13 D , 14 C PROHIBITION Harry J. LOVE 15 C [PROHIBITION Earl F. DODGE 16 C 17 B REPUBLICAN Fred H. MOSS 18 B REPUBLICAN Walter O. SPRINKLE 19 B REPUBLICAN Clarence-R. SETTLEMYRE 20 B REPUBLICAN Frances Lee HALL 21 A DEMOCRAT Bernard D. LEAVITT 21 B REPUBLICAN Dwight A. POWLEN 22 A DEMOCRAT WiHiam W. McCUNE • 23 A DEMOCRAT Charles D. MURPHY 24 A DEMOCRAT Randolph G. LANNING 25 A DEMOCRAT Charles Herbert NELSON 22 B /REPUBLICAN Donald K. WINTER 23 B REPUBLICAN Stephen M. GORDON 24 B REPUBLICAN Elmer C. THOMAS 17 C IS C 19 C 20 C 21 C 22 C 23 C 24 C 14 D 15 D 16 D 17 D 18 D 19 D 20'D 21 D 22 D 23 D 24 D 25 € 25 D Answer Vital Election Questions THE QUESTION: Do You favor legislation making it illegal For any candidate lor public office to notarize absentee ballots or -the applications for such ballots? THE ANSWERS: ' _ ROBERT E. PETERSON: "Ifjt can be proven that candidates are exerting undue influence or attempting to vote unqualified citizens I would favor legislation that would make it illegal for a candidate to notarize an absentee ballot or the application for such a ballot. So long as no infractions can be proven and the candidate is a notary in accordance with the law I would not be inclined to favor such legislation." . . ROBERT S. JUSTICE: "I do not favor legislation disqualifying candidates for public office from notarizing applications for absentee ballots. Under the present law notarized absentee ballots are void and-properly so because such ballots bear distinguishing marks and are not secret. (Burns Revised Statutes o£ 1933, Sec. 29-5218) Under the present law the absentee voter votes in secret and encloses his ballot in an official envelope, and seals it. He' then .executes ah affidavit on the envelope that he has s'ecretly marked his ballots. (Burns Revised Statutes of 1933, Sec. 294908) I dp not favor disqualifying candidates .for public office from administering oaths to absentee voters." GERALD R. HERSHBERGER: "I believe that this would be 8 good law. I, personally, have never handled .absent ballots; but I have read in the local newspapers about candidates seeking office grossly abusing their privilege." FRED H. MOSS: "No." DELBERT SMITH: "If, a notary, he should be permitted to notarize all legal documents." WALTER 0. SPRINKLE: "I am not a notary public and so would not myself be notarizing any application for absent ballots or the voters affidavit that he has secretly marked his ballot. I do not believe such legislation is needed." . THE QUESTION: • Do you favor feapportionment of the legislature? THE ANSWERS: ROBERT E. PETERSON: "Providing that provisions are made for area representation as well as population representation I would be inclined to favor reapportionment." ROBERT S. JUSTICE: "Yes.The Indiana- constitution, which, ss a senator,,! am sworn to uphold,.requires regular reapportLonment at six-year intervals. (Constitution, a£ Indiana, Article 4, Sections 4 and 5)" GERALD R. HERSHBERGER: "I >ecp.mmend the enactment of a law for the immediate reapportionment of- the state legislature by the next General Assembly in accordance with the mandate'of our constitution. I favor the use .of the federal decennial census as a basis for the enumeration for the future reapportionment of the General Assembly and urge the enactment of a constitutional amendment to attain that end." FRED H. MOSS: "No, under this law Cass county would lose some representation." DELBERT SMITH: "Yes." . WALTER 0.. SPRINKLE: "Yes. The Indiana constitution specifically requires it. I would favor a constitutional amendment giving consideration to both geography and population in -apportioning representation." * ' Delbert E. Smith, rural route 2, Galveston, is the'. Democratic candidate for re-election as Joint State Representative > from- Cam and Carroll counties. Walter 0. Sprinkle, rural route 1, Cainden, is the Republican candidate for Joint State'Repre- sentative from Cass and Carrol counties. . THE QUESTION: Do you favor nonpartisati election of judges? THE ANSWERS: ROBERT K. PETERSON: "I have received no criticisms locally with respect- to the selection, of judges on a party basis. Unless I have evidence of substantial support for such a system I would not be'inclined towards support, of a nonpartisan election of judges." ROBERT S. JUSTICE: "No." GERALD R. HERSHBERGER: "As a member.of the committee studying the breakdown of law enforcement in local communities, I never heard a lawyer say that he has gotten a bad decision because of the judges" political affiliation. Regardless of how you elect judges they will probably be historically a Democrat or Republican anyway." FRED H. MOSS: "No." ' DELBERT SMITH: "Yes." WALTER 0. SPRINKLE: "No.; 1 THE QUESTION: ' . • Do you favor repeal ol the right-t^work Jaw? THE' ANSWERS: • " ROBERT E. PETERSON: "Believing in fairness to all in labor- management relations, I shall; endeavor to answer all questions concerning such relationships upon the evidence presented at the time the law is considered and in the best interest of the people I represent." ROBERT S. JUSTICE: "Yes. The so-called "right-to-work" law enacted in 1957 has not benefitted the state. The Democracy in Unions bill/designed to giye every working man a free and equal vote in the affairs df his union, which I supported during the 1959 session, is a better solution to our labor problems." GERALD H. HERSHBERGER: "I will vote, for the repeal of the right-to-work law. I think this law is meaningless since the courts have approved ^he agency snop contract for collecting union dues. If. I am elected I must .take »n oath to uphold the constitution! Since this law has been 'declared unconstitutional, I takelhis stand. According to reporjs which I have receivetLas a.State Representative today we have 55,000 less employable jobs in the state of Indiana than we had when the right-torwork* law was enacted, yet we haye an expanding labor force ea«h year.", FRED H. MOSS: "I would first like to hear it discussed on the floor of the legislature." DELBERT SMITH: "Yes." " WALTER 0. SPRINKLE: "Yes. However there remain labor pro- Mem? which require legislative study." THE QUESTION: What is your solution to the present time confusion in Indiana? THE ANSWERS: ROBERT E. PETERSON: "Any legislation in Indiana with re- girds to the time question will probably be a compromise between the various areas of the stater When a time law is written it should include an enforcement clause sirong enough to require all areas, east and west, north artd south, large and small, to obey. If the members of governmental bodies expect our future citizens to obey our. laws the least we can do is to set a good example. "In-as much as governments are responsible for the upholding of the laws as well as writing them, a possible solution might require county commissioners to be responsible for the time -within a county except for incorporated municipalities and that the governing body for the municipalities be'responsible'for the official time within their area. Non complying governmental bodies could have state funds other than for schools withheld." ROBERT S. JUSTICE: "Because I felt bound by the result of the time referendum which "the- General Assembly ordered in 1955 (Acts of-1955. Chapter 137), 'I voted as your Senator^as the people of Cass and Fulton counties did in the referendum for uniform Cen-. tral Standard time. I think it is- important that time be uniform throughout Indiana. The.real solution to the present time confusion is for the people to obey the law." GERALD- R. HERSHBERGER: "The only way to settle the time issue, is to elect a governor who wants the time-issue settled and one who will enforce a law enacted by the General Assembly. Personally, I do not care what time we have just so that we have the same time throughout the State of Indiana." FRED H. MOSS: "The time law of Indiana is'being observed »y Cass county. I believe all other counties should do the same." DELBERT SMITH: "Abide by the law passed by the legislature." WALTER 0. SPRINKLE: "H»ve everyone comply with the present time l«w." , LEGAL ISSUE (QUESTION 1) Only lawyers will be eligible to serve as circuit court Judges if a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution is approved by the voters on Nov..8 in the general election. This amendment, sponsored by the State Bar Association, Is one x>f (wo upon which voters are being asked to cast their ballots this fall. There is a wide difference of opinion about the wisdom of this amendment. Those favoring it assert that a thorough knowledge of all state laws and courtroom procedure is necessary^ to cam' out the many functions of this office, and that only lawyers are likely to have that knowledge. They feel that the voters cannot always be trusted to elect the best qualified candidates for circuit court judge. ' Those opposed to the amendment have advanced a variety of reasons. They ask why there should be such an eligibility restriction on circuit court judges when there is none for., even the Supreme Court of the United States. They cite outstanding judges of the past who were not lawyers. Opponents of the amendment have expressed the fear that if this restriction is put through it will be only a matter of time until similar restrictions will b« attempted for other public offices, particularly the state legislature. A bill sponsored by lawyers in two or three counties of the stale was enacted into law'in 1953, providing that only lawyers or those who had served previously as judges would be,eligible in the future for the office of judge of the Supreme, Appellate, Circuit, Probate, Superior, Criminal or jWenile court. However, the State Supreme Court nullified this law two years ago when it ruled that the General Assembly hid no power to wti qualifications for constitutional offices. Both Circuit Court Judges and State Supreme Court Judges are constitutional offices and, therefore, under the Supreme Court ruling the "only way special qualifications can be set up for them is by constitutional amendment. LEGISLATIVE BILLS (QUESTION 1) A constitutional amendment upon which the voters will cut ballots November 8 is detigiied to simplify the titles of laws up for amendment in the General Assembly. ' Some laws have been amended so many times that the titles are longer than, the amendatory : acts which (key oeseribe. They *re so long and involved that it is virtually impwiible for anyone to mike any sense out of them. ( The amendment requiring them in the future to be identified only by citation reference as last amended should save much time ud paper. A virtually unanimous vote utiei|Mied. in favor of lUs amendment l»

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