ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- Sadly the idea that any registered voter could vote at any vote center, without any confusion, still didn't increase voter turn-out in Elkhart County.
The Elkhart County Clerk, Wendy Hudson, says voter turn-out was about 15 percent. That's about the same as the last primary four years ago.
The office was hoping for higher numbers now that the vote centers were up and running for the first time. There are now 25 places in Elkhart County any registered voter can go, ideally making it easier to vote. While in the past there were 84 assigned polling sites.
“Once we got them up running, from what we understand, the poll workers liked the electronics, the voters loved using the touch screen machine,” says Hudson. “In my opinion… from what I've heard it was a successful vote center.”
Plus with electronic ballots it’s estimated the county will save 120 thousand dollars in paper costs alone and 50 thousand dollars in payroll.
Elkhart County is the 18th county in Indiana to adopt the new system of voting.
St. Joseph County has been debating the center but the election board must unanimously decide before making the switch.