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Senate Approves the Extension of Vote Centers, Bill Co-Authored by Hershman Moves to House

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2011) - Senate lawmakers by a 49-0 vote today approved a bill co-authored by State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Lafayette) giving all Indiana counties the option to use vote centers.

Senate Bill 32 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Hershman said SB 32 is the first bill in the 2011 session that the full Senate approved and sent to the House of Representatives.

"When Cass, Tippecanoe and Wayne counties tested voted centers, they saved money and achieved high voter turnout," Hershman said. "By giving all 92 Indiana counties the option to use vote centers, Hoosiers could cast their ballots when it is more convenient and communities could cut election costs."

Hershman said the use of vote centers 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.