Indiana University South Bend is hosting the second in a series of four public hearings for a proposed shift to vote centers in St. Joseph County.
As we reported, the proposal would condense St. Joseph County’s 154 polling precincts into 40 separate vote centers. Currently, county voters only have one specific polling location. The new proposal would allow voters to choose any of the county’s vote centers.
Even with the benefits of having multiple potential locations within a relatively short distance, concerns have been raised about the effects of reducing the number of polling locations and on the potential for long lines on Election Day.
Residents can learn more about the concept and offer their input at a series of public meetings. Tonight’s meeting at IUSB takes place from 6 pm until 7:30 in Wiekamp Room 1001. Wiekamp is the grey building along Mishawaka Avenue.
Two more meetings are currently scheduled. The list of upcoming meetings is below:
Nov. 25 – 6:00 pm
Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincoln Way W., South Bend
Dec. 4 – 6:00 pm
Mishawaka Knights of Columbus, 114 W. 1st St., Mishawaka
Be sure to read our “Everything You Need to Know About Vote Centers” article for a detailed explanation of the concept.