The Howard County Commissioners Court held a Public Hearing on Friday afternoon to discuss the possibility of approving the application into the Countywide Polling Place Program.
During the hearing, Jodi Duck, Howard County Elections Administrator, advised the quorum of the benefits of taking part in the program. She noted that every year there always many people who are unsure of where their polling location is. The program would decrease confusion on election day, thus increase voter turnout overall.
Several members of the public attended the meeting to speak about their support of the program.
Commissioner Jimmy Long, Pct. 4, had concerns about potential voter fraud and wanted to know of any problems that the program has run into. Duck advised that she had no knowledge of other counties encountering problems. Also stating that the check-in computer that is used would be able to verify if someone has already voted in a different location. Any potential voter fraud would be flagged and the Elections Office would be able to turn over that information to the District Attorney’s Office to investigate for Voter Fraud.
At the end of the meeting, the quorum of the Howard County Commissioners signed a resolution showing their support of the application for the program. According to Duck, the paperwork will be filed and an answer on whether Howard County can participate in the Countywide Polling Place Program will be received in March. If approved, the program will be in effect for the May 4, 2019 elections.