Vote centers are likely to be set up for the November election, Jim Whelan, the Boone Democratic Party representative on the election board, said Tuesday.“Negotiations are almost complete on that,” Whelan said. “Once we get through the primary, the election board will meet again, and probably solidify most of it.”Nine sites, including locations in Advance and Jamestown, are now being considered, he said. “At least, that’s in the plan,” Whelan said.
Debbie Ottinger, Boone GOP chairwoman, said vote centers have several advantages.“I think based on the problems we are having getting and keeping poll workers, they are certainly something we need to look at,” Ottinger said. “The number one issue is, we have to make sure the voters know they aren’t going to lose a voting location, as much as they’ll gain a location to vote.”A Thorntown voter, for example, who works in Indianapolis and was late getting off work could drive to a vote center in Zionsville in time to cast a ballot before polls close at 6 p.m., Ottinger said.
Tom Easterday is the GOP appointee to the election board; Bogan is the other member.