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Monroe County is making plans that would allow county residents to vote at any location within the county during the 2012 elections.
County Clerk Linda Robbins says the current system, which assigns voter to one location based on where they live, is inconvenient for many people. She says voting centers, which are open to all county residents, will make it easy for people to find time to vote on Election Day.
“If you work at IU and you don’t want to leave to go back to Ellettsville and vote during the day time, you don’t have to leave IU,” she says. “You can just go to one of the vote centers and vote. Same thing with hospital workers, they can’t leave during their shift, but they can possibly go across the street during lunch hours and vote during that time frame.”
Robbins says the county is reducing the number of voting locations to roughly 20, but centers will be in both urban and rural areas to keep voters from having to travel in town to vote.
Robbins says the new system should save the county around $145,000 next year.
“Monroe County is saving every dime they can and what better way to start with something like this, where we are actually providing additional services to the public and somebody doesn’t have to lose their job in the meantime,” she says.
The county election board still has to finalize the plan and it must then approved by the state before it is implemented.