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July 1, 2013

Vote centers pre-plan released for Clark County

Public-comment period now open; comments must be submitted in writing



The Clark County Board of Elections office in the Clark County Government Building, 501 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville, would accommodate early voters in the 29 days prior to election day. 

In addition to streamlining the voting process and making voting easier for citizens, supporters of the plan say the implementation of vote centers would save the county money. 

“I’ve talked with Barbara Haas about this many times, and the cost savings to the county is something that we can’t pass up,” said Commissioners President Jack Coffman. “It would just be such a big cost savings to the county. It would streamline our system, and for that reason, I would say we need to do everything that we can to implement it.”

Coffman said that the exact amount the implementation of vote centers would save has not been determined, but pointed out that far fewer poll workers would be needed to administer elections. 

County Council Vice President Brian Lenfert echoed Coffman’s sentiment. 

“You are manning 10 voting locations instead of 50-some-odd that we have now,” Lenfert said. 

The elections board will review the pre-plan and the public comments received at a meeting 5 p.m. July 31, in the county council’s meeting room in the County Government Building. For vote centers to be implemented in Clark County, the election board must unanimously approve a vote center plan, and the commissioners and county council must approve resolutions approving the plan by a majority vote. 

Copies of the plan are available in the board of elections office at the Clark County Government Building, 501 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville. To submit comments or suggestions about the plan, they must be submitted to the office in writing by mail or in person.

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