The Herald Bulletin

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Local Politics

October 4, 2013

Regional votes center proposal doesn't ignite public interest


For the past several election cycles, early voting has been conducted at the Madison County Government Center, and absentee voting exists in part to make it easier for people to vote.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Ludy Watkins, who replaced former County Commissioner Paul Wilson, a Democrat, on the Madison County Election Board last week, struck a cautious tone about vote centers on Thursday.

“It has to come down to public opinion,” she said. “I want to do what’s best for the people.”

Watkins said she is also concerned about the costs associated with buying the electronic poll books that would be necessary to make vote centers a reality.

“I don’t know how much money will be saved in the long run,” she said. “We would have to put out quite a bit of money initially.”

Although officials hope regional vote centers might lower the cost of administering elections over time, the goal all along has been to make voting more convenient, Likens has maintained.

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What's next Now that the required public hearings have been held on proposed regional vote centers in Madison County, citizens still have 30 days to submit written comments about whether they support or oppose the concept. Letter may be sent to County Clerk Darlene Likens, Madison County Government Center, 16 E. Ninth St., Anderson, IN 46016.

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