Getting 10 locations willing to be open to the public for voting for that length of time could be difficult, Dunn said.
In addition, the Republicans want union halls excluded as voting centers, while the Democrats want churches excluded. That much, at least, has been agreed on by both sides.
Other issues, such as Tharp’s request to have the centers located along public transit lines, don’t seem to be deal-breakers, but the number of polling places could be.
“We want the centers in walkable, neighborhood-focused areas, not separated from population centers by state roads,” Tharp said. “They should be located in familiar, accessible buildings.”
By law, the centers would have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other regulations from the federal Help America Vote Act would also apply.
The other major issue which could prove potentially divisive is the Democrats’ request to have more than one location for early voting.
Voters can currently cast an early ballot, starting a month before an election, at the Howard County Courthouse.
Dunn wants to leave that system in place, while Tharp has suggested at least four satellite early voting locations should be considered.
When and if the election board returns to the subject of voting centers, newly appointed Republican member Ann Harrigan and newly appointed Democrat member Derrick Steele will represent the parties. Wilson administered the oath of office to both Steele and Harrigan Friday.
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