(Vevay, Ind.) – Switzerland County’s switch to vote centers for the November 6 election may have affected voter turnout.
The county introduced travelling vote centers in the two weeks leading up to the general election. On Election Day, there was only one polling place in the entire county, the Switzerland County Technology Building in Vevay.
Just over half of the Switzerland County’s 6,994 registered voters turned out for the election.
Unlike most Indiana counties, a majority of Switzerland County’s ballots were submitted prior to Election Day. A total of 2,537 ballots were submitted at the travelling vote centers October 24 through November 5. Less than a third of the ballots, or 1,010, were cast on November 6.
Today, it is unclear if Switzerland County will stick with the travlling vote centers for the next eleciton. County Clerk of Courts Kim Hambrick or Deputy Clerk Rita Brogan were not immediately available for comment.