Knox County wasn’t alone in falling back to Eastern time.
Of the eight counties that in the spring of 2006 switched to Central time, six (including Knox County) went back to Eastern time the next year while Perry County, which also wanted to return to Eastern time, had its petition rejected by the federal government.
Today, only a dozen of Indiana’s 92 counties are on Central time: Vanderburgh and six other counties in the southwestern part of the state, and Lake and four other counties near Chicago in northwestern Indiana.
Were all of Indiana on the same time the state would join the majority of the country; only 11 of the 50 states, in fact, have time-zone divisions.
But those 11 include Michigan, where only small bits are in the Central time zone and the rest solidly Eastern; Florida, where about half of the panhandle is split between Central and Eastern time; and Texas, where a smidgen of the western part of the state down along the border observes Mountain time while the rest of the state observes Central time.
Of the other eight states there are significant sections split between time zones; ranked from most-significant division to less-significant, Indiana would be about at the bottom of the eight.
There have been efforts during recent sessions of the state Legislature to hold a referendum (non-binding) to test the public’s interest in bringing all of Indiana into the same time zone — and whether that should be Eastern or Central.
Lawmakers have demonstrated little enthusiasm for such a canvass.
Were that referendum ever allowed to go ahead the outcome would be easy to predict: a vote overwhelmingly in favor of all of Indiana being on Eastern time.
Some day, perhaps, that will happen.
— Vincennes Sun-Commercial