Marion County voters will be able to choose where they vote starting in 2019

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 21:11:42-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Starting in 2019, voters in Marion County will no longer have to stay in their “precinct” to vote in an election.

The Marion County Election Board voted unanimously Wednesday morning to do away with the county’s roughly 600 precincts and instead open about half as many voting centers across the county.

The vote centers will replace the standard “precincts” and allow Marion County residents to vote at the most convenient location for them, instead of having to stay in their precinct to cast a ballot.

They are expected to be in place by the 2019 primary elections.

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“The vote center with satellite voting resolution that was passed today is one of the most monumental bipartisan agreements achieved in the history of Marion County,” said Clerk Myla A. Eldridge. “This resolution will revolutionize how we vote in Marion County for the foreseeable future and adds tremendous convenience to our voters.”

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The voting centers locations will be chosen by an Election and Administration Planning Committee. The seven-member EAPC will consist of three appointees from the Election Board Chair, three appointees from the Election Board Vice Chair and one from the board secretary.

The Board also voted to expand early satellite voting sites in Marion County.

“No longer will a voter have to vote using a provisional ballot because he or she showed up to the wrong polling place on Election Day,” said Clerk Eldridge. “No longer will a voter have to struggle to find a parking spot in downtown Indianapolis during early voting because the only place to vote was in my office inside the City-County Building. Those days will soon be over. Passing this resolution is an enormous win for our voters, and a win for Marion County.”

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Indiana General Assembly is currently other bills that involve Hoosier voting including one that would allow early votes from dead Hoosiers to be counted and another that would allow “no-excuse” absentee voting.

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