Editorial: Vote centers offer more people a voice

Jackson County Clerk Amanda Cunningham Lowery recently said she is cautiously moving closer to recommending that the county election board adopt voting centers.

We encourage her to do so.

Hoosier lawmakers approved the use of vote centers across the state after allowing their use for several election cycles in a select few counties — Cass, Tippecanoe and Wayne — as part of a pilot project. Success in those counties and anticipated savings of tax dollars caused the Indiana General Assembly to make the program available statewide.

Aside from the potential savings offered by the use of vote centers, which allow a voter from anywhere in a county to cast their ballot at any of the sites, they should prove much more convenient to voters. They also would allow the county to establish more early voting sites if that is needed. As the number of early and absentee voters increases, it seems establishing more early voter sites could make some sense.

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