Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thumbs down: Satellite voting blues

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 4:01 AM

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Thumbs down: Satellite voting blues

One of Indiana's many talented blues musicians needs to write a song called "Satellite Blues." The three-member Marion County Election Board split along party lines and failed to achieve the unanimous approval necessary to enable satellite locations in the county's northern and southern regions. County Clerk Beth White highlighted concerns about voter confusion due to changes in an estimated one in three polling location. Also, she noted overcrowding issues with 19 sites across the city in the primary election earlier this year ahead of recording-breaking attendance during the first week of early voting, which began Oct. 8 and lasts through noon on Election Day eve, at the City-County Building. "My view is that satellite voting is a solution in search of a problem," Patrick Dietrick, the board's GOP representative, said in an email. "That is, any voter in Marion County who is unable to, or chooses not to, vote on Election Day has ample opportunity to vote early and in person at the centrally located and easily accessible city county building. This is even more true due to the extended, early voting hours that Clerk White has enacted."

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