Vigo County Election Board working to finalize vote center plan for November

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As the Vigo County Election Board looks ahead to November, COVID-19’s impact is leaving them with a lot to consider.

“We’re trying to be very fluid and coming up with a vote center plan,” said election board president, Kara Anderson.

According to Anderson, a vote center plan is usually ready in January of an election year, but this time things are different.

“We’ve got four plans right now in place. Waiting to see how things are going to pan out in regards to the whole pandemic. So, we just want to be able to adopt the safest vote center plan we can come up with for the citizens for Vigo County,” she said.

West Terre Haute is one area of the vote center plan that is still up in the air.

“They have to be ADA compliant, there has to be a certain number of parking spots. There’s all kinds of factors. Space is obviously an issue and there’s not a lot of those type of facilities available in West Terre Haute,” said Vigo County Clerk Brad Newman.

Newman said polling locations they’ve used before may not be available on Election Day, so they’re looking at all options.

“This is a situation where we may have to find some place to rent,” Newman said.

According to election officials, drop-off boxes or curbside voting aren’t allowed in Indiana. However, they said voting early may be the best way to cast your ballot while avoiding crowds.

“We’re going to offer early voting centers and we encourage folks to utilize those early. Let’s not wait til the last minute if you’re concerned,” Anderson said.

The Election Board said they plan to have a finalized vote center plan by their next meeting on September 9.

You can register to vote or request an absentee ballot here.

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