A plan to establish vote centers, which give voters from any precinct the ability to cast ballots regardless of the center's location, is closer to approval.
The Boone County Commissioners Monday, June 2, approved a resolution endorsing vote centers. Friday, May 30, the Boone County Election Board unanimously approved vote center locations, election day hours, and early voting times to be used in the Nov. 4 general election.
Clerk Penny Bogan will ask the Boone County Council next Tuesday for money to begin the vote center program. About $158,000 remains from a federal Help America Vote Act grant the county received to help buffer the expense of changing voting computers and software, after a voting system provider went bankrupt, forcing the county to use three voting systems in two elections. The grant can only be spent for elections that include federal offices.
"The initial startup will be a little costly," Bogan said. "Down the road, it'll be a huge saving to the taxpayers and be a convenience for voters."
The election board must still chose which electronic poll book vendor will supply the sites, Bogan said. Several vendors will make presentations about their products to the election board on June 13. Commissioner Marc Applegate volunteered to attend that meeting as a representative of the commissioners.
E-poll books replace the paper records used to verify voter registration at the polls, Bogan said.
Plans are now for nine vote centers on election day, with eight sites for early voting.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.