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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write a section in state legislative articles about elections in that chamber.

The example below clarifies the type of information you should include in your section, and what to call the section.

You may not be able to find any notable commentary on the impact or importance of the election you're writing about when you first start the section.


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives will be held on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 19, 2010 for Republicans and Democrats, and is June 30 for Independents and other candidates. The primary election day was on May 4, 2010.

Out of the 100 districts, the incumbent is running for re-election in 93 of them.

An April 2010 analysis in the Wall Street Journal said that what's at stake in the Indiana House elections of November 2010 is the U.S. Congressional redistricting that took place after the 2010 census:

"In Indiana, for example, Democrats controlled redistricting after the 2000 elections and picked up three additional congressional seats over the past decade. Now, Republicans are trying to reverse those gains. If the GOP picks up just three seats in the state House, the party will control both chambers of the legislature and strengthen its hand in the redistricting process."[1]


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