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May 7, 2014

Election, vote centers deemed a success


With the county’s first vote center election now behind them, Hudson said the next step for the Election Board will be to take some time over the next few weeks to reflect on the pros and cons of Tuesday’s election in an effort to determine what needs to be changed or done differently leading up to the November general election.

“I’m feeling confident that we can make the things that weren’t perfect this time around at least a little better,” Hudson said.

Also on the radar for the board in the coming weeks is a discussion about the possible creation of an additional vote center north of the river in Elkhart.

“While we were searching for possible vote center locations, the one area that was a concern for us was north of the river in Elkhart,” Kramer said. “We could not find a suitable vote center north of the river. So we knew that Northside Gym was going to probably take the brunt of all of those voters on the north side of Elkhart, and as it turns out, that was the busiest of all of our vote centers with 1,726 votes cast. In a primary, that’s a big number, so we’re going to continue looking at options for a vote center on the north side of the river.”

And for those in the county still feeling a bit uncomfortable about the switch to the new vote center concept, Kramer noted that the Election Board plans on holding several more public information sessions throughout the summer months in order to continue familiarizing people with the concept leading up to the general election.

“And we’re also going to have a booth at the 4-H fair this year as well, and we’ll have a full setup of a vote center there so that people can actually try and experience the process,” Kramer said. “That should really help us reach a big number of Elkhart County residents, so we think that too might help in promoting awareness in the new process and equipment.”

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