One of the biggest questions on election day is “Where do I go to vote?” While some people participate in early voting just to avoid that question, others have to figure out what their precinct or district is so they can cast their ballot at the appropriate location. This kind of confusion on election days could be thing of the past with vote centers, or countywide poll locations.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, vote centers are an alternative to traditional, neighborhood-based precincts. When a jurisdiction opts to use vote centers, voters may cast their ballots on Election Day at any vote center in the jurisdiction, regardless of their residential address.
There are, both, possible advantages and drawbacks, to having vote centers, but a committee will be put together in order to assess if this is a good idea for the county.
Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck told KBest News that a committee will be put together in order to discuss possible polling locations, if they want to add more or reduce the number of locations – 1 location will be in every commissioner’s precinct. She noted that there are guidelines that the state of Texas has given them and that information will be analyzed by the committee, and public hearings will be held to hear their view points. All of this information will then be submitted with the application to the state in order to be considered for approval for the vote centers.
Photo - New voting machines that print out ballot once voting on the computer is completed in order for the voter to review that their choices are correct before feeding it into the drop box.