January 17 2005, 7:06 AM
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle is spending a lot of time these days talking about the "vote center" concept his county used in the 2004 election. Basiscally, instead of staffing thousands of precincts, the county operated 31 vote centers at which voters from every precinct were welcome. This cut down on the number of election officials needed while also eliminating the possibility that a vote would not be counted because it was cast at the wrong precinct. El Paso County is said to be seriously considering the vote center concept. That's great for them, but is it really a good idea to have some counties have this easy, efficient voting system while others are stuck in the old fashioned precinct model? After they deal with the budget issue, the state legislature ought to take a serious look at making this a statewide practice.