Long lines that formed on Election Day have prompted at least one Indiana community to look at changing its voting system. Some voters at Bartholomew County polling places waited more than two hours to cast ballots Tuesday, and county officials say they are looking into establishing vote centers.
Seven Indiana counties — Blackford, Cass, Johnson, Switzerland, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Wayne — used vote centers in the general election. The centers allow voters to cast ballots at the location of their choice, regardless of where they live. They also serve as satellite locations for absentee voting. Supporters say the all-in-one system provides more flexibility for voters.
Bartholomew County Clerk Tami Hines said she’s interested in exploring the idea and replacing the county’s 66 small precincts with fewer polling sites but adding more machines at those centers.
Larry Kleinhenz, president of the Bartholomew County Commissioners, also is interested.
“They’ll make it easier to run the election, and we hope it will be more of a convenience for voters,” he told The Republic in Columbus.