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May 6, 2014

Voters give vote centers early praise in Floyd County

NEW ALBANY — Ed Miller was returning home from a visit to the eye doctor when he decided to stop at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds along Green Valley Road to vote.

In previous elections, Miller would have been forced to vote at Grant Line Elementary School. But since Floyd County converted its precinct sites to vote centers this election, Miller and other county residents were allowed to vote at any of the 10 locations around the city and county.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Miller said as he left the 4-H minutes after voting. “I don’t have to worry about where I vote.”

Miller wasn’t alone. It may have been the hotly contested sheriff’s races on both sides that brought out the crowd, or maybe it was the picture-perfect weather, but by noon Tuesday, 460 people had already voted at the fairgrounds.

Not only was this the first election with the 10 vote centers, but also new touch voting machines were introduced in Floyd County. Each site had workers on hand to help voters get started, or answer questions. But the new machines received praise from most.

“I don’t get nervous about new technology. I use a computer so I am used to pushing buttons,” said the 87-year-old Miller.

Brad Snyder also said the vote centers make voting more convenient. Since he works at the New Albany-Floyd County Administration Building on Grant Line Road, he was able to vote at the 4-H Fairgrounds on his lunch hour instead of having to drive to his old precinct in Floyds Knobs.

“It’s great for me,” he said. “I don’t think it’s [new machines] that much different from the old one system. You show an ID, pick a ballot and vote.”

Polls are open until 6 p.m. today. Floyd County vote centers are: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library; New Albany Housing Authority; Pineview Government Center; Grace Lutheran Church; Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds; Christ’s Community Church; Tunnel Hill Christian Church/Georgetown; Georgetown Christian Church/Georgetown; John Jones Automotive/Greenville; Floyds Knobs Community Club/Lafayette.

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