Indiana Debate Commission Completes Fall Debate Schedule

(From the Indiana Debate Commission)

Hoosier voters can now submit questions to the Indiana Debate Commission for consideration to be asked of candidates in the governor’s race and U.S. Senate race. As many as 2,500 free seats will be available at venues across the state of Indiana that have agreed to donate their facilities.

Indiana voters are invited to submit questions on the commission’s website with links to both races from the home page.

For the governor’s race:

For the U.S. Senate race:

Questions are vetted by members of the commission and those who submit may be invited to ask their questions of the candidates in person.

Confirmed dates, times and locations for the gubernatorial debates with Republican Mike Pence, Libertarian Rupert Boneham and Democrat John Gregg are:

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: Zionsville, Ind.
Venue: Zionsville Performing Arts Center
(live audience – seating up to 1,200)

Date: Wednesday, October 17
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: South Bend, Ind.
Venue: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
(live audience – seating up to 840)

Date: Thursday, Oct. 25
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Venue: WFWA-TV PBS 39
(in studio/no live audience)

Tentative dates, times and locations for the U.S. Senate debates with Republican Richard Mourdock, Libertarian Andrew Horning and Democrat Joe Donnelly are:

Date: Monday, October 15
Broadcast Time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: Indianapolis
Venue: WFYI-TV
(in studio/no live audience)

Date: Tuesday, October 23
Broadcast Time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: New Albany
Venue: Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, Indiana University Southeast (live audience – seating up to 500)

“The commission continues to put voters first as we engage with candidates in this fall election season with one of our busiest seasons ever,” said Max Jones, president of the commission and editor of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind. “We also had a record number of venues submit applications this year and we also rely on their generosity to provide free and accessible sites to accommodate public attendance.”

The non-profit commission is the only independent group in the state of Indiana that provides free broadcast satellite feeds for those interested in sharing debates either live or delayed to communities across Indiana.

The commission also provides a live stream on its site for debate events and archives all of the taped debates on its website for later viewing.

Ticket availability, moderators and formats will be announced at a later time. Details for tickets will also be posted on the commission’s website and Facebook.

About the Indiana Debate Commission (IDC)
The Indiana Debate Commission is a non-partisan, statewide group representing 13 citizen and media affiliates dedicated to promoting debates at the state level. The volunteer commission, which incorporated in 2007 and is organized as a 501c3, works with candidates, venues and citizen groups to promote open, unbiased and transparent debates for Hoosier voters. For more information, visit the website or Facebook.

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