Dorothy Schneider, writing for the Journal & Courier, has an article about the support for vote centers among Lafayette-area lawmakers. Sen. Alting and Reps. Klinker, and Truitt all expressed support for continuing vote centers in Tippecanoe County. The idea for these centers is that you can go anywhere in the county to vote and get a ballot that is appropriate for the precinct in which you reside. So, for example, I have been able to vote downtown instead of having to go back to the voting location closest where I lived.
Tippecanoe County Clerk, Linda Phillips, says that ending the pilot program in the county – set to expire in 2011 absent further legislative action – will cost the county at least $50,000.
In 2009, Gov. Daniels vetoed a bill that would have allowed vote centers. Secretary of State Rokita disagreed with the Governor. In 2010, it got bogged down with a measure that would have allowed more permissive absentee voting.
Update A reader advised me that their understanding of the Governor’s objections in 2009, really didn’t have much to do with vote centers at all, but with some other provisions in the 2009 bill, notably those having to do with provisional voting and the procedures for establishing satellite voting (which is something different from vote centers) locations. So, the likelihood is that the Governor would go along with a clean vote center bill.