Although the Decatur County Commissioners signed off on the Election Board’s Vote Center plan, Gatewood believes the Commissioners were misled.
“I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have understood the implications [of the plan] for smaller towns,” he said. “I asked them to repeal the resolution but they didn’t do so. Either the Commissioners were snookered or didn’t understand the complete ramifications.”
The County Council, on the other hand, voted not to proceed with the Vote Centers, giving rise, Gatewood said, to several community meetings on the issue.
Even if the pending draft is approved by the Election Board at tonight’s meeting, the County Council can still put a halt to the plan with a simple majority vote.
Koors said she has no idea how the vote will go at tonight’s meeting. She did say, however, that, based on public phone calls to the County Clerk’s Office over the last several days, she suspects there will be several more people voicing opinions in favor of the pending plan compared to previous public meetings.
Moreover, Koors believes a small, yet vocal contingent of opponents to the Vote Center plan has captured a disproportionate share of the spotlight at previous public meetings. Thursday’s meeting, she said, may well reveal significant public support for converting Decatur County to a Vote Center system.
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