Vote centers cost counties less in the long term and decrease the number of voting sites.
Indiana's Secretary of State says concerns about possible voting machine tampering are overblown.
Lawson says finally paying out the first check should help raise public awareness about the existence and usefulness of the fund.
Each state participating in the two-day conference must give a presentation about its local standards.
Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Republican State Senator Connie Lawson as the permanent replacement for Secretary of State Charlie White.
Several bills filed this legislative session focus on reforming or eliminating government at the township level.