While this bill contains provisions that would make the act of voting more convenient, it does not contain sufficient safeguards against fraud and abuse and removes long standing bi-partisan checks and balances in the conduct of elections.
Secretary of State Rokita disagrees:
How ironic it is that the one local government reform that actually passes the legislature ends up getting vetoed. Vote Centers is perhaps the only local government reform that so far has been proven unequivocally to save taxpayers money. I would expect, given the serious fiscal condition of the state, that the concept is important enough to find its way into the budget bill so that all 92 counties be given the opportunity to realize the unquestionable taxpayer benefits and savings.
I don’t know what the politics of these vote centers are. The concept is that the citizens of a county can vote at a variety of locations throughout the county instead of at their particular precinct. In Tippecanoe County, we were one of the pilot counties for this project. And, personally, I loved it. This meant that, even though I live on the south side of town, I was able to vote at the City Building downtown when I had to attend a deposition near there that: a) made it inconvenient to vote in my precinct; and b) made it very convenient to vote downtown that day. From a purely selfish point of view, it seemed like a Good Thing. So, I find Gov. Daniels veto disheartening. (And I very rarely find myself on the same side of an issue with Secretary Rokita.)