Gov. Daniels signs Vote Center Bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gov. Mitch Daniels today signed into law a bill authored by State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) authorizing the continued use of vote centers in Tippecanoe County and allowing it as an option for the entire state.

“This is the first bill in the current session to be approved by the Senate, passed out of the House of Representatives and signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels,” Alting said. “Overwhelming support for this new law shows how important it is to provide a convenience to voters and options to local governments that are looking to cut election costs.”

Vote centers – tested during the 2008 election in Cass, Tippecanoe and Wayne counties – showed high rates of success, in part, because of their convenience and accessibility. According to the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, vote centers also 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.

“I want to recognize the efforts of officials from Tippecanoe County from both sides of the aisle who dedicated themselves to making vote centers a reality for Hoosiers,” Alting said. “By working together, we have enacted a good law for Indiana.”

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