Organizers solicit debate questions 

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The Indiana Debate Commission is soliciting questions for two debates it will host in the U.S. Senate race and three debates in the governor's race.

The events all take place in October and will be televised. As many as 2,500 free seats will be available at the venues for those who want to attend.

All the debates will feature submitted questions. For the governor's race, Hoosiers can go to http://indianadebatecommission.com/submit-a-question-gubernatorial-debate/to submit a question.

For the Senate race, the link is http://indianadebatecommission.com/submit-a-question-senatorial-debate/.

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

"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. "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 three gubernatorial debates will be at:

* 7 p.m., Oct. 10, Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Zionsville, seating capacity of 1,200

* 7 p.m., Oct. 17, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, South Bend, seating capacity of 840

* 7 p.m., Oct. 25, WFWA-TV PBS 39, Fort Wayne, 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:

* 7 p.m., Oct. 15, WFYI-TV, Indianapolis, no live audience

* 7 p.m., Oct. 23, Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, seating capacity of 500

The non-profit Indiana Debate 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 page.

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