County’s savings add up with vote centers


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Inspector Sandy Lawson asks if a voter has any questions after setting his machine up for the proper ballot Thursday at Jonathan Byrd%u2019s Cafeteria in Greenwood. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON


Fewer than half the number of poll workers will be needed this election than in the past.

Johnson County began using vote centers this year, which allow residents to cast their ballots at any of 22 centers in the county instead of at one assigned location.

The switch has greatly reduced the number of voting sites and people needed to work them because the county no longer has to set up a site for each of the county’s more than 100 precincts, Johnson County Clerk Sue Anne “Susie” Misiniec said.

Changing to the vote center system also required new equipment that allows election workers to ensure voters have not already voted elsewhere in the county and get them to the voting machines faster than in previous elections, she added.

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