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Meetings rescheduled on planned vote centers

Proponents say vote centers would cut costs and be more efficient.

Posted on Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

GOSHEN — The two final meetings on planned vote centers, postponed due to inclement weather, have been rescheduled.

The first will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at the council chambers at Elkhart City Hall, 229 S. Second St., Elkhart. The second and last one will be Feb. 6, also at 6 p.m., at the Elkhart County Administrative Offices, 117 N. Second St., room 104, Goshen.

Before they were postponed, the final meetings had been scheduled for Jan. 27 and 28, with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson to attend the second gathering. She won't be able to attend, however, though a representative from her office will be at the Feb. 6 meeting.

"Please plan to attend one of these rescheduled final meetings to learn how vote centers will impact how you cast your ballot and how the county can conduct elections more efficiently and cost-effective," said a statement from the Elkhart County Clerk's Office.

Vote centers would replace the precinct voting system. As is, voters on Election Day cast ballots at the precinct that corresponds to their home address. Under the new system, voters would be able to cast their ballots at any of the various scattered vote center locations.

Follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack.

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