Starke County Election Board Reviews Vote Center Survey Results

The Starke County Election Board continues to see support for a proposed switch to vote centers. Last week, board members reviewed the results of a survey taken during this month’s town hall meetings in Knox and North Judson. Of the 27 surveys completed, only two respondents felt the change would not be a positive move for Starke County to pursue. Multiple residents specifically liked the convenience that vote centers could provide.

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Starke Election Board Member Says Poll Workers Threatening to Quit over Lack of Meals

Meal changes could lead to a shortage in poll workers, warns Starke County Election Board Member Harrison Fields. “I’ve been talking to some of these poll workers,” he told the rest of the election board Wednesday. “We’re going to be faced with a major problem come next spring because every one of these poll workers that worked in the past told me personally they refuse to work because the council changed the meal situation. None of these poll workers that worked in the past – not one – told me they will work in the spring because of that issue.”

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Starke County Election Board Considers Potential Vote Center Locations

A list of potential vote center locations was presented to the Starke County Election Board Wednesday. Clerk Bernadette Welter-Manuel’s proposal calls for seven vote centers. They would be located at the Koontz Lake Property Owners Association Building, the Washington Township Community Building, the Hamlet Fire Station, the Bass Lake Fire Station, and the North Judson Fire Station. Welter-Manuel presented some options for the Knox and San Pierre vote centers.

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Starke County Election Board to Work on Vote Center Details this Morning

The Starke County Election Board will continue working on the details of a potential switch to vote centers this morning. Board members are expected to discuss possible vote center sites, as well as how many voters they would expect to use each of them. They’re expected to set a date for a technology test and review the timetable for completing the vote center plan. The election board is also holding town hall meetings tonight and tomorrow night, to discuss the potential switch with the public.

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Starke County Election Board Schedules Informational Meetings on Vote Centers

Starke County voters have a few chances to learn about a potential switch to vote centers. The first town-hall-style meeting will be held Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Township Community Building. Additional meetings are tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on October 9 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox and October 10 at a location still to be determined in North Judson.

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Starke County Election Board to Finalize Early Voting Hours, Location

Early voting hours for North Judson’s town election are expected to be finalized during a special Starke County Election Board meeting this morning. Since North Judson is the only place in Starke County holding an election this fall, board members have decided to set up a satellite absentee voting location there. But they still need to pick a location and set the specific hours.

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