Early Satellite Voting Bites The Dust

By Jeff Neumeyer

September 15, 2011 Updated Sep 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A shortage of cash has now officially cost Allen County residents a voting option in this November's city elections.

It comes as a result of a decision by the county election board Thursday.

No early satellite voting will be taking place in 2011.

We expected it would be a casualty this fall, but the election board drove the final nail in the coffin for early satellite voting.

It's not always convenient for everybody to go to the polls on Election Day itself.

The plan was to staff five locations around the county November 3rd through the 6th, giving voters places to cast their ballots early for the 2011 municipal elections.

Because there's no money to hold early satellite voting next year, the board dropped the option for this year too.

The board still hopes to move from precincts to large vote centers for the 2014 election.

Andrew Boxberger/(D) Allen County Election Board: " We'd actually need a significant budget increase for a year to ramp up to do that, and if we did it in 2014, we'd be going in with no dry run on satellites, and just going right into vote centers, so we have a lot of concerns about that, so we're in flux right now."

Another important decision came from the election board meeting.

The Indiana Election Division had advised counties that language in a new state law instructs those counties to not place on the ballot the names of candidates who are running unopposed.

The election board went against that advice, arguing that would create confusion with voters.

The board also cited a couple of recent court rulings that upheld the appropriateness of putting all candidate names on the ballot, regardless of whether they have competition or not.

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