Editorial: Payoff takes investment in county voting centers

The race is on to find voting locations and organize a plan to change the way local voters have been casting their ballots for decades.

For the May 8 primary, election officials plan to implement vote centers, which allow voters to cast their ballots at any of a handful of voting sites across the county.

That change will reduce the number of voting sites and poll workers needed by more than half and is expected to save the county money long term.

In the most recent countywide election, the county used 73 polling sites based on where people live. That number was going to grow since the county recently added 27 new precincts because of population growth. Now, the county will have 20 places where any local voter can cast a ballot.

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