VOTE CENTERS IN COLLIN COUNTY
The LWV-Texas first adopted a position concerning vote centers at the conclusion of a statewide study and concurrence on voting procedures in 2010. The position states:
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports election laws that facilitate citizen participation citizen participation and voter convenience, as well as voting procedures that may increase voter participation. Our support includes, but is not limited to, the following:...Election Day centralized voting, with applicable safeguards....
In 2011 the LWV-P/CC adopted a local study of vote centers after Collin County applied to be part of a pilot program using vote centers for the November 2009 General Election. The study was continued in 2012. Since 2009 Collin County has used Vote Centers for the November General Election each year.
Meetings were held with Sharon Rowe, Collin County elections administrator, on November 3, 2011, and November 27, 2012. In addition, Ms. Rowe met with League members on March 12, 2013, to give information on the success and status of the use of Vote Centers in Collin County. A report of the November 27, 2012, interview with Ms. Rowe was published in the January 2013 issue of LWV-P/CC The VOTER (attached).
The Committee recommends this position because, although the availability of Vote Centers has not increased voter participation in a noticeable way, it has affected voter convenience and flexibility. The county wants to increase the number of vote centers from the current 67 and find bigger box locations that are on major thoroughfares with good parking.