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From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue Mar 18 2008 - 22:11:38 CDT

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E-Vote: Vote Center Concept Proposed for Indiana

Mar 14, 2008, By Wayne Hanson

The Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday moved forward on Senate
<http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2008/ES/ES0235.2.html> Bill 235 which
would allow local government to choose Vote Center elections over
precinct-based elections.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is proposing that local governments
choose Vote Center <http://electionupdates.caltech.edu/VCRFinalV2.pdf>
elections over precinct-based elections.

"The Vote Center concept" said Rokita's office in a release, "permits the
county to place voting booths at any location in the county, allowing voters
to vote the way they live while choosing to cast a ballot at the center most
convenient for them.

"Paper poll books inhibited flexibility in the voting process," continued
the release, "and would be replaced by an electronic poll book; this book
would be connected to the vote center with secure technology, permitting
immediate updates to the list and preventing voters from voting at multiple
locations."

Last year, Rokita's office assisted Wayne and Tippecanoe counties to test a
Vote Center pilot. "Vote Center elections cost less," said the release,
"improved the integrity of the election process, made voting convenient, and
kept local officials in control of local elections." The Bowen Center for
Public Affairs at Ball State University conducted a study of voters'
experiences at Vote Centers during the Municipal Election in November and
according to Rokita's office, found that they overwhelmingly supported the
Vote Centers concept.

Rokita says the advantages of the Vote Center concept include the following:

* Taxpayer savings -- Vote Centers allows the county to serve more
voters with fewer resources. Election administrators can move from
inadequate polling places to bigger and more convenient facilities,
accommodating larger numbers of voters in centralized locations while
significantly reducing the number of polling places needed. Fewer polling
places translate into fewer machines and fewer paid poll workers.
* Improving Election Integrity -- Imperative to the success of Vote
Centers is a direct, secured connection between the county's voter
registration records and electronic poll books stored at county election
board offices. The electronic poll book is updated in real-time and allows
election officials to ensure that each person votes only once. This
electronic safeguard improves the security of elections and instills voter
confidence.
* Voting Convenience -- Counties have used the precinct-based voting
system since before Abraham Lincoln served as president and while it was
efficient at the time, the system is no longer the best way to administer
elections in some jurisdictions. By offering the option of voting at the
location most convenient for individuals, Vote Centers can be strategically
and centrally located. Centers can be established in high-traffic,
accessible locations, with preference given to locations along public
transit lines, such as libraries, shopping malls, senior centers, grocery
stores and public office buildings. The Vote Centers concept offers a sound
method for modernizing our time-tested practice of voting in the communities
where we live and work.
* Local Control -- The current Vote Centers initiative protects the
ability of local county election boards to make election administration
decisions based on what works best for their communities with a unanimous,
bipartisan vote. Because the Vote Centers concept is not a one size fits all
solution to election administration in each of Indiana's 92 counties but can
be adapted to a particular county's size and voter make-up, it provides more
flexibility and the ability to reduce the expense of administering
elections.

Senate Bill 235 would allow all counties to choose the Vote Center option
for elections.

 

 

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Edmund R. Kennedy, PE

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San Diego, CA 92126

 

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