News and Tribune

February 9, 2014

Vote centers pop up in Floyd County for primary, general elections

Sample voting site being requested ahead of poll changes

By DANIEL SUDDEATH
daniel.suddeath@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — Ballots can be cast at any polling location for the first time in Floyd County this year, as voting centers will be set up at 10 spots for the primary and general elections.

In order to help educate voters on the centers as well as other changes including the addition of electronic poll books, Floyd County Clerk Christy Eurton has requested to set up a sample voting machine ahead of the May 6 primary.

She has asked to use the former Floyd County Commissioners offices on the second floor of the City-County Building for the test site. Administrative offices for the commissioners were moved to the Pineview Government Center about two years ago.

The commissioners were scheduled to vote on Eurton’s request last week, but the meeting was canceled due to the bad weather.

Eurton said she’s received verbal permission to use the offices, but still wants the commissioners to officially approve the request before setting up the machine. The emphasis will be on having poll workers try out the machine to help cut down on confusion on election day.

The e-poll books also will be a change this year for voters, as people will be able to touch a screen to choose which races they want to vote in the primary.

“You’re not going to come in and sign-in on a poll book like you normally would,” Eurton said.

Of course, the biggest change will be where voters cast ballots.

“Anybody can go anywhere to vote,” Eurton said. “You’re not going to be narrowed down to a particular precinct area.”

From Georgetown to New Albany, Floyd County voters can cast ballots at any of the 10 voting centers. Eurton believes voters will adjust to the new system in time, though she anticipates there will be some questions during the primary and on election day in November.

Early voting will begin for the primary in the clerk’s office April 7. The Floyd County Election Board still must set early voting times for the voting centers.

The commissioners next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Eurton said she hopes to have people coming in for voting center and e-poll demonstrations by early March.

For more information, visit the clerk’s website at floydcounty.in.gov/countyoffices/clerk