The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Opinion

October 16, 2013

Viewpoint: No vote centers in Madison County

By Lonnie S. Weston Anderson resident

(Continued)

The Madison County election board has never been accused of being proactive concerning making it easier for the voters of Madison County to vote. For whatever reason, the election board in Madison County maintains the same precincts year after year, some with long lines and some with only a handful of voters all day. In my precincts, I am required to vote at polling place outside my precinct’s boundary, while at the same time another precinct’s polling place votes in my precinct. It would be a start if the election board would take into consideration travel time and transportation cost in the present system.

In 2008, if you wanted to vote early you had to pay to park and then stand in long lines that snaked around inside the Madison County courthouse standing in lines for hours and no alternative was ever implemented to reduce the long lines.

Why spend $100,000 on electronic poll books when the results from the pilot voter centers counties are questionable? In the Indiana pilot counties, vote centers’ turnout is “about the same” and some counties have seen a reduction in voter turnout.

Lonnie S. Weston is a citizen member of the Madison County Vote Center Committee.

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