GOSHEN — Elkhart County is a step closer to using vote centers for elections this spring.
The Elkhart County Council signed a resolution Saturday, Feb. 8, in support of using vote centers, a new concept that would allow people to vote in any designated location in the county regardless of their home address. Vote centers would boost efficiency and flexibility as well as help the county save money on elections by reducing ballot waste and the number of polling locations, according to County Clerk Wendy Hudson.
Before the county can use vote centers, resolutions would have to be signed and approved by the county commissioners and the local election board. The next step would be to file the county’s vote center plan with the state.
The county council also approved $200,000 this weekend to pay for electronic poll books for vote centers. The county’s election board reviewed offers to lease the equipment from four companies in January. Vendors for poll books are being certified by the state for elections.
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