STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2011) - Senate lawmakers by a 49-0 vote today approved State Sen. Ron Alting's proposal authorizing the continued use of vote centers in Tippecanoe County and allowing it as an option for the entire state.
Senate Bill 32 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
"This is the first bill in the 2011 session that the full Senate approved and sent to the House of Representatives," said Alting (R-Lafayette). "I look forward to working with members of the House to make vote centers a reality, not only for citizens in Tippecanoe County who have already experienced the service, but for all Hoosiers."
Vote centers - tested during the 2008 election in Cass, Tippecanoe and Wayne counties - showed high rates of success because of their convenience and accessibility. The program expired in 2010 despite last year's Senate efforts to continue and expand the program.
According to the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, vote centers provide significant cost savings, because they allow election officials to staff fewer polling places and reduce the number of voting machines needed to conduct an election.
State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Lafayette) is co-authored of Senate Bill 32.