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Election officials gather to discuss vote centers

Indiana's Secretary of State was in Evansville on Tuesday.

Last year was the first time voters in Vanderburgh County casted their ballots at local vote centers. 

On Tuesday in Evansville, Connie Lawson, the Secretary of State, met with county clerks and election officials from nearby counties, answering any questions they had about switching.

Lawson says while there are savings associated with the vote centers, there's also an initial cost involved, so counties need to be thinking about this now. 

"If you think about it, counties are adopting their budgets this summer, and so if a county wants to go vote center counties for 2014, they probably need to decide that before too long. So when the clerks present their budget to the county council, they'll have an idea on what they need to spend on their election in 2014," Lawson said.

Right now, there are seven vote center counties in Indiana, including Vanderburgh. 

Lawson expects that number to grow by the next election.

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