Public hearings concerning a potential change in voting for Dubois County residents are now underway.

The first in a series of meetings to recieve public input about the proposed voting centers for Dubois County was hosted last night by Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe and members of the Vote Center Study Committee at Dubois Middle School.

Using a power point presentation, Jarboe helped point out the main issues of their proposal, then gave the floor to anyone who wished to speak.

During the past year, a bipartisan study committee made up of Jarboe and other election board members, elected county officials and the county’s Democratic and Republican chairmen looked into how the county and their residents could benefit from the voting centers before making the switch to vote centers ahead of this may’s primary election.

The move looks to relieve many logistic issues with having about 24 polling locations in the county during elections. Jarboe says the voting centers would provide a huge costs savings for the county:

Jarboe say the meetings give folks a chance to come in, find out what the vote centers are about and how they will be different from what they’re used to. Last night’s initial meeting despite producing a small turnout from the public lasted about an hour. However, many questions and comments were expressed. Jarboe says it’s the public who will determine how officials go forward:

Under the proposal, two vote centers would be in Jasper and the other five would be in Huntingburg, Ferdinand, Dubois, Schnellville and Holland. Three more public meetings are set to take place in the next couple of weeks. Next Tuesday January 21st at Jasper High School, Thursday the 23rd at Southridge High School and Tuesday January 28th at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School. All meetings are scheduled for 6:30 pm.