The intent is to save time, effort, and money as well as make it easier for people to vote. For example Natrona county has 46 polling places this bill could narrow it down to 3. Secretary of State- Elect Ed Murray says he supports the concept, but others are skeptical. “Three polling places isn’t very many for our geographic area and the problem is even worse in the larger counties like Carbon and Fremont,” said Republican State Senator Charles Scott. Senator Scott says Natrona county is equal in size to Connecticut, in which three doesn’t sound like enough to accommodate voters in Natrona county. County Clerk Renea Vitto says at first it may increase voter turnout.
“I think I would have two vote centers set up one on the west side one on the east side of our county and then I think I’d still keep for the time being the rural precincts open,” said Renea Vitto, the Natrona County Clerk. “You would find you no longer had a place to vote within your own community,” said Sen. Scott.
Senator Scott says it would tend to suppress the rural vote, especially from places like Midwest and Edgerton, also increasing incidents of voter fraud, which he says isn’t the case right now.
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