New vote centers help county reduce costs, staff



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Deputy Clerk Reagan Higdon explains how to operate polling machines to Johnson County poll workers during a training session inside the White River Township Trustee Office in Center Grove. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


You might have to drive a little farther or wait in a slightly longer line when you vote Tuesday, but the vote centers you’re casting ballots at will cost about one-third of what the county used to spend on an election.

In 2010, the county paid more than 500 poll workers to staff more than 100 voting sites. This year, 21 vote centers will be run with about 125 people.

That means the county will spend about $35,000 this year for staff, compared with $91,000 in 2010. Costs to train staff and provide supplies for vote centers has gone down, too.

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