Elkhart County reps reviewing proposals key in vote center plans

Elkhart County commissioners have bids for electronic poll books, key in proposed plans to move to use of centralized vote centers in elections.

Posted on Dec. 30, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 30, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.

GOSHEN — Elkhart County has five proposals for electronic poll books, key in the plan to move to use of centralized vote centers during elections here.

Elkhart County Clerk’s office reps are now reviewing the proposals — opened by Elkhart County commissioners on Monday, Dec. 30 — and hope to have more specifics on vote center plans for county leaders by late January, according to Chris Anderson, chief deputy clerk in the clerk’s office. The county could move to use of vote centers as early as the May primary next year, if county officials ultimately sign off on the plans.

Vote centers, in use at a handful of Indiana counties, allow voters to cast ballots at any of several centralized polling locations on Election Day. As is, voters cast ballots on Election Day may only do so at the precinct polling spot that corresponds to their home address.

Electronic poll books would replace the paper books that voters must sign before voting. They are key in use of vote centers because they create an immediate electronic record of voting, preventing the possibility of someone voting multiple times on Election Day at multiple vote centers, according to Anderson.

Specific, comparable dollar figures associated with each of the five electronic poll book proposals weren’t immediately available.


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