Peru — The hard work should pay off come Tuesday, when voters will have a chance to cast their ballot at any polling place in the county. Wilson said that should cut down on lines and make voting more convenient for residents.
Miami County Clerk Tawna Leffel-Sands said she hopes the flexibility in voting locations will draw more people to the polls, especially during the early voting period.
“I think this will get more people out,” she said. “If they see it’s more convenient and there’s more time to vote, there will be more people.”
One thing is for sure. The move is already paying off financially.
Wilson said the number of poll workers has been reduced from around 170 to just 47 by doing away with more than 20 voting locations. He said that should save the county around $40,000 over the next four years.
Although the turnout for early voting has been down this year, Wilson said it allowed the county to test the new vote centers without getting overwhelmed.
And for residents who did show up for early voting, he said they seemed to have a good experience with vote centers.
“I have heard no complaints,” Wilson said. “When we put a vote sticker on people after leaving the poll places, they usually leave here smiling.”
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