Community involvement up, voting down among Hoosiers

Across Indiana, Hoosiers are doing “pretty well” in terms of civic engagement.

That’s according to former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, one the leaders of the effort to create the Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2017 Civic Health Index. The index, currently in its third iteration, surveys Hoosiers to determine how engaged they are with activities such as community involvement, volunteering and voting. That level of engagement is then used to determine the state’s overall civic health.

After reviewing this year’s results, former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, who worked alongside Hamilton to create this year’s index, said he was heartened by Hoosiers’ high, and increasing, rates of community involvement and volunteerism. However, both he and Hamilton expressed concern about the low rate of voter turnout across the state. They encouraged Hoosier leaders to continue efforts, such as the We the People program, which have been proven to help increase civic involvement.

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