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Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Voting Centers

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has vetoed a bill that would have expanded voting centers in Indiana.

The Governor agrees the bill would make voting more convenient but does not provide enough safeguards against fraud.

He also objected to the bill saying it would affect long standing checks and balances in elections.  State officials were disappointed to see the bill vetoed including Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

In a statement, Rokita said “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.”

Rokita suggested lawmakers could take up the issue during the special session this June.  The vetoed bill would also have affected laws concerning satellite voting centers.

The Governor did sign another voting bill into law Tuesday.  That bill will allow online voter registration in the Hoosier state.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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