Voting centers see major changes


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The 2014 Indiana Primary Election is not far away. May 6th will be here before you know it. Vigo County voters are going to see some major changes this election.

We’ve taken you to Baesler’s Market before.. It’s a place you would expect to find people shopping for the foods their families love. What you may not expect is Baesler’s Market will be one of eight “voting centers” that will be open to all registered voters in Vigo County beginning April 28th.

“After talking about it, we thought it was a good idea and something we could help out the city with” said Casey Baesler, who says he’ll have to find his tissue aisle a new home. He also says voters will find the privacy they expect at any polling place.

“It really shouldn’t affect business at all. We’ll have it partitioned off and everything should go off as usual,” Baesler said.

From the east side of Terre Haute to eastern Vigo County, New Life Fellowship Church doesn’t have the foot traffic of Baesler’s, but they share one thing in common. Both answered the county’s call to host a voting center.

“There are a lot of people who may not be able to get into the Courthouse.” The voting center at the church in its fellowship hall on the east side of the building, complete with a separate entrance. Pastor Jeff Harpole’s church sits on the site of the former Glenn Civic Center, and his church is trying to fill some of the needs the center once served.

“Even though we have our services here and there’s teaching and lessons, there are many other things taking place that’s serving our community, and that’s exactly what a polling center is doing,” said Pastor Harpole.

Some voting centers will be open from at least April 28th through Election Day. This includes Baeslers and New Life Fellowship Church. On Election Day, more voting centers will be available to Vigo County voters. And here’s an added bonus, all voting centers are offering this service at no cost to the county, providing taxpayers with huge savings. All registered voters can visit any voting center, bringing added convenience as well.

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