A proposal to allow Bartholomew County residents to cast ballots at any one of 17 interconnected centers, rather than go to a particular precinct, may receive final approval tonight.
After receiving unanimous approval Monday from the Bartholomew County Commissioners, a resolution to allow voting centers to be used for the first time during the 2015 city elections will go before the county council tonight.
The 6 p.m. meeting will be held in the fourth floor council chambers at the Bartholomew County Government Building, 440 Third St.
Voting centers, which have been adopted in at least a dozen Indiana counties since 2007, also provide seven locations for early voting on each of the two Saturdays before elections, Bartholomew County Clerk Tami Hines said. Currently, early voting takes place only at the Bartholomew County Courthouse.
If the county chooses to buy the software and hardware necessary to have the centers up in time for the next election, the cost to taxpayers will be $204,975, Hines said. If the county chooses to lease the equipment, the cost would be $135,466, or about one-third less. Those quotes take into account a $44,050 savings from reducing the number of required staff at polling places.
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