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Election board to talk voting centers Friday

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The Porter County Election Board will convene Friday at 3 p.m. to further explore the concept of voting centers in the county.

The board will meet in the Commissioner Chambers at the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso.

Board president and Republican member David Bengs and Republican County Clerk Karen Martin have expressed interest in centralized voting, which would give voters the opportunity to cast their ballots at any voting center.

It would cut down on the number polling places which might mean financial savings for county government, they said.

Democratic member J.J. Stankiewicz has opposed voting centers in the past, saying it can dissuade voters from voting because they’d prefer to go to their traditional polling location.

Also on Friday’s agenda, the board will revisit the discussion on using electronic pollbooks and the complaint filed against State Rep. Michael Aylesworth, R-Hebron, alleging he violated election laws by being in the Hebron Community Center polling location for an extended period of time on Election Day.



Posted 12/4/2014