Along with candidate filings, absentee ballot requests for the primary election are being turned into the local Election office. One of those applications caused heads to turn this week, as former Sheriff Earl Taggart, well known local Republican, requested a Democrat ballot. "I was told by an elected official that I wasn't anything to the Republican Party anymore, so I decided to fix that," he explained. "I thought I'd vote with the party that respects my vote." Plus, he added, "There's some people I'd like to vote for." As far as Taggart can recall, this primary will be "the first I've ever voted Democrat," says the 67-year old retired State Police Detective. And who knows, he continued, this may be the start of a whole new relationship, adding "I just may see you and John (this writer's husband) at the Democrat ham and bean supper!" Here in Indiana, voters are not required to register as a Democrat or Republican, but must ask for a specific party's primary ballot. When running for an office, you have to run with the party you last voted for. If you wish to run for office as a member of the other party, you would need permission from that other party's chairperson to run under that party's moniker.