Editorial: Voting centers could offer many benefits

Jackson County election officials plan to discuss the possibility of adopting voting centers for use in future elections, a decision aimed at consolidating the number of poll sites and eliminating the antiquated precinct system still in use here and in many other Hoosier counties.

There are many reasons to support this move. Voting centers could reduce the cost to the county for operating poll sites for every precinct in the county, they can be far more user-friendly to voters, and they could reduce the equipment and supplies needed to conduct elections.

Aside from the likely cost-savings, consolidating poll sites also should make it easier to find poll workers, which can be a challenging job in itself.

Under the voting center model, voters could cast a ballot at any poll center established, not just in their home precinct. That should offer voters more flexibility, eliminating the need to rise early and vote before heading off to work or no longer requiring a commuter to rush home after work to beat the 6 p.m. deadline of when polls close.

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