DANVILLE — Hendricks County has begun early voting for residents, and the first voter for the past 15 years, Linden Swift, was up bright and early.
Swift lives in Plainfield and has resided in Hendricks County for about 50 years. After completing time in the U.S. Air Force, he became involved in politics. He was a precinct committeeman for 20 years, served one term on the Hendricks County Council, and then ran for a state representative.
Swift joined the Indiana State Police in their Communications Division and later transferred to the Data Division. He was involved with putting together a law enforcement system that is still in use, but modified, today. He wrote the first operations manual for that system.
“I was with them for 21 years, and then went to the Department of Welfare for 10 years. I then joined the Department of Correction… then the division as head of small system development and communications statewide,” he said. “All together I was with state government for over 40 years.”
In the early 1980s, Swift started writing and self-published three books. He now has a blog and has six books on Amazon Kindle. He is also a member of the Avon American Legion.
“My interest in politics grew from age 30, the important things from my standpoint are religion, family and politics,” he said. “Politics affect almost every phase of every person’s life; if you’re not paying attention to what’s going on and you don’t have a long-range view of what’s good for our country, then you as an individual aren’t doing the job you ought to be doing.”
Swift enjoys coming to the early absentee voting because the process is easy and quick.
“There’s very little waiting; it’s convenient and quick; if you have the time to do it, since it’s a job that everyone should do, the sooner you get it done is probably for the better,” he said. “It’s just like voting on Election Day except you don’t have to wait in line.”