St. Joseph County, Ind. Thursday night folks in St. Joseph County had a chance to weigh in on a plan to make elections less costly for taxpayers, and more convenient for voters.
A proposal to establish vote centers took center stage at a public hearing held in the County City Building.
The committee tasked with studying the potential change wanted to get feedback from the community before submitting their recommendation to the election board within the next two months.
Under the plan, 40 vote centers would replace the 157 polling places the county now uses on Election Day.
So instead of being assigned to one specific spot, voters would be able to cast their ballots at any of the more than three dozen locations, spread throughout the area.
“We hope the entire voting process is going to be easier, because they can go anywhere they want now,” says Commissioner Andy Kostielney of St. Joseph’s County 1st District. “So before they had to remember where it was and if it changed, they were out of luck. So we're hoping the process is going to be easier, and then if we can control the cost, then we can hopefully keep their taxes as low as we can, too.”
The Vote Center Committee is looking to hold another meeting sometime next week to follow-up on the input they received Thursday.