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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:30 pm

Election Board: Satellite voting centers to remain


After earlier discussions that suggested Allen County's satellite early voting centers might not continue next year, the county Election Board today agreed on a compromise.

The board agreed the number of sites would remain the same but the locations would change.

Beth Dlug, elections director, said early voting would end at county public library branches – Dupont, Hessen Cassel, Georgetown and Aboite.

But those sites will be replaced by locations at the Manchester University campus along Dupont Road,  the Public Safety Academy/Ivy Tech campus, Indiana Wesleyan University and Ivy Tech's Coliseum Boulevard campus.

The early voting site at the Rousseau Centre on East Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne will remain.   

Also, Dlug said, some residents will find their precinct and/or their voting location will change. A new state law allows 2,000 instead of 1,200 people per precinct, she said.

That means the county can reduce the number of precincts from 338 to 292, a move that should aid vote counting, Dlug said.

Early voting at satellite sites has earned widespread acceptance, with nearly 15,000 votes cast at the sites during the 2016 general election, according to county statistics.

That election had a heavy turnout and included balloting for U.S. President and vice president. 

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