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Public Transit Key To Howard County Vote Centers’ Success

County Clerk Kim Wilson says she hopes for more transportation options, but says placing vote centers won't necessarily depend on it.

City Line Trolley

Photo: Courtesy Ivy Tech Kokomo

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight hopes to add two more trolley lines before vote centers could take effect in 2014.

Kokomo and Howard County officials say as the county draws closer to officially adopting vote centers for the 2014 elections and beyond, the model should pay close attention to public transportation.

Speaking on WFIU’s “Ask the Mayor,” Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says he hopes to expand the city’s bus and trolley lines in time for the first vote center election.

“I’ll do my best to make sure that those vote centers are put in locations that are near those pockets or near those bus stops so those people, even if a vote center is not near their home, they have access to it,” Goodnight says.

But County Clerk Kim Wilson, who says she supports that idea, cautions there’s no rule requiring that vote centers be located near transportation lines.

“I think it’d be great if it could all work out that it was along the lines with the trolley system,” Wilson says. “I don’t know – I can’t state for certain that that’s the way it’s going to be, though.”

In fact, Wilson says she envisions many of the vote centers being located at the outskirts of the city or the county. Such a plan could put the centers at the ends of bus or trolley lines or outside their reach altogether.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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