Some new oversight of elections in West Terre Haute may be good news for voter turnout.
And there was a challenge to someone’s attempt to run for office. Those two topics were discussed by the Vigo County Election Board.
First Assembly of God Church in West Terre Haute on West National Avenue will be the new location for all voting on the west side of the river. That’s after the city filed for the county to take over election day voting.
“It keeps some continuity with the voters there, it’s our equipment, it’s the same equipment our folks have come accustomed to during general election for the whole county,” president of the election board Kara Anderson said.
During early voting in November, the voting location was in this room at the West Terre Haute Community Center. One that life long West Terre Haute resident Jean Macak said was inconvenient especially when it came to space and parking.
“Very small area we had to go in, I think there was only like four or five people that could go in at a time and then there were people standing there and waiting,” Macak said.
Anderson says the church’s location is a bit more central to get voters out.
“Maybe one of the benefits of this will be that it will encourage them to vote in other elections, national, state county elections.”
West Terre Haute will be under the county’s oversight for 12 voting cycles or until 2030.
“It’s always better to have extra ones counting than certain ones, then there’s no discrepency in not thinking it was fair,” Macak said.
Also on the dockett in Friday’s meeting, one candidate for Terre Haute city clerk had to be removed from the list. That’s after officals say a citizen pointed out that the candidate did not register for a political affiliation and failed to register to vote until December 2018 meaning there was no prior voting history in city or county elections.
“I thought those things were very important in applying for candidacy. So we felt a challenge was necessary,” Kelley Duggins, Chief Deputy City Clerk said.
She says she thinks in a political position in Terre Haute it’s important to follow all the guidelines and if there is a discrepancy it’s not great representation.
“The sooner those things can be handled appropriately, I do think it would save the city and other potential candidates some money in the long run.”
Officials tell us registration guidelines fall under state law.