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Vote Centers Could Come to an End in 3 Counties

 Data from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute shows statewide, counties could save nearly three million dollars by switching from precincts to vote centers during the upcoming elections.  But this past legislative session, no bill allowing counties to have vote centers was passed.  And with three pilot counties set to lose their vote centers January first, supporters are campaigning for the legislature to take action when they return to the statehouse on Organization Day in November.  Among them is Wayne County Clerk JoAnn Stewart, whose oversees one of the three pilot county vote center programs.

“When you talk to the voters who is [sic] actually who we work for, we’re not listening to them.  They are saying we want this to stay.  And we’re saving them money.  And in this current economy, why aren’t we pursuing this?”

Some lawmakers worry there are too few defined standards for vote centers to make them statewide yet.  If the legislature does not take action during the upcoming session, test vote centers will be closed before May primaries in 2011.

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