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Voter centers’ convenience could boost Porter County election turnout

Doug Ross/NWI Times | Published on 12/23/2021
VALPARAISO — Every election, voters show up at the wrong polling place. That would be a thing of the past if Porter County shifts to using vote centers.
The 10-year average for voter turnout is just 33%, said Becky Rauch, assistant director of the county Elections and Registration Office.
The two primary aims of vote centers are voter convenience and increasing voter turnout. State law requires a unanimous vote by the bipartisan Election Board for vote center locations.
Already, 55 of Indiana’s 92 counties use vote centers, which allow voters to cast a ballot at any polling place in the county, Porter County Clerk Jessica Bailey said at the first public hearing on switching to vote centers.
“During the 28 days of early voting, you can vote anywhere,” she said. “Why not on election day?”
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