Where to vote: Elkhart County consolidated vote centers ready for 2016 election
Elkhart County is ready for the 2016 election, with a new set of 27 consolidated vote centers which election officials say will help voters find the right ballot for their district, no matter where they go.
There are 12 locations in Elkhart, seven in Goshen, two in Bristol and one each in Dunlap, Millersburg, Middlebury, New Paris, Nappanee and Wakarusa.
November 8th will mark the first time these new centers have been put to the test in a presidential election, since their implementation two years ago.
"Voters can expect to vote at whatever location is convenient for them, provided they have the required ID." said Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson.
The creation of the streamlined centers was made possible by a shift to statewide voter registration for this election; an improvement over the previous system of 117 precinct locations throughout the county. Now, electronic poll books can tap into that statewide database and allow voters to cast their ballots wherever is most convenient for them.
The center locations are distributed by population, as well as specifically placed along Interurban Trolley Lines.
"We intentionally made sure a large number of centers were put along public transportation routes," said Elkhart County Election Board member, Wayne Kramer.
Elkhart County Consolidated Vote Center locations can be found below:
Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson St.
St. James AME Church, 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. (on Green/Red/Orange trolley routes)
River of Life Community Church, 2626 Prairie St., (on Green/Orange trolley routes)
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 3300 Benham Ave. (on Green trolley route)
Calvary United Methodist Church, 2222 W. Indiana Ave. (on Green trolley route)
New Hope United Methodist Church, 28765 C.R. 4
Tolson Center, 1320 Benham Ave. (on Red trolley route)
North Side Gym, 300 Lawrence St. (on Blue trolley route)
Jimtown High School Gym, 59021 C.R. 3
Osolo Township Fire Station, 24936 Buddy St. (on Blue trolley route)
Granger Community Church, Elkhart Campus, 2701 E. Bristol St.
FOP #52, 1003 Industrial Parkway (on Orange trolley route)
Grace Community Church, 20076 C.R. 36
Sugar Grove Church, 58512 Old C.R. 17
Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway East (on Red trolley route)
Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main St.
Faith Lutheran Church, 202 S. Greene Road
Greencroft Senior Center, 1721 Greencroft Blvd. (on Red trolley route)
Pleasant View Mennonite Church, 58529 C.R. 23
Elkhart County Public Services Building, 4230 Elkhart Road (on Red trolley route)
New Paris Missionary Church, 67621 S.R. 15
Millersburg Fire Station, 500 Carriage Lane
Middlebury Town Hall, 418 N. Main St.
First Brethren Church, 1600 N. Main St.
Bible Baptist Church, 205 E. Waterford St.
Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division St.
First Baptist Church, 53953 C.R. 17