GREENSBURG — Following months of contentious debate, talk of lawsuits and several draft proposals, the Decatur County Election Board will vote tonight on the most recent version of its proposal to convert the county’s current voting structure to a Vote Center system.
The Decatur County Election Board will hold a public meeting on the draft at 7 p.m., tonight at the Decatur County Courthouse. Following public comment on the current draft, the Board will hold a formal vote. If the draft is unanimously by the three-member Election Board, the draft will then be considered by the County Council; the Council would need only a majority vote to set the Vote Center draft into motion as an actual plan.
Westport Town Council President Bryan Gatewood has been a vocal opponent of the Vote Center plan, arguing, among other things, that a legitimate need to revamp the current system has yet to be demonstrated.
Wednesday afternoon, Gatewood told the Daily News that, while he still doesn’t favor a switch to Vote Centers, he’s markedly more comfortable with the draft the Election Board will vote on tonight compared to previous drafts.
“I just want to be sure Westport gets a Vote Center in their final version,” he said, adding that the earlier Vote Center drafts left Westport out of the equation.
According to Decatur County Deputy Clerk Faith Koors, the draft considered Thursday night will include eight Vote Centers throughout the county. Two centers would be located in Greensburg, with one each in Westport and the townships of Clay, Fugit, Marion, Salt Creek and Adams.
Gatewood conceded that the draft proposal up for consideration at tonight’s meeting does a reasonable job covering the entire county. He was skeptical, however, that the citizens of Greensburg will ever accept only two Vote Centers within the city.