The Jackson County Election Board announced a vote center committee has been established.
On the committee are Amanda Lowery, Republican Party chairwoman; Dan Robison, Republican community member; Janet Smith, Republican poll worker; Jeanette Hackman, Democratic Party chairwoman; Charlotte Sellers, Democrat community member; and Velma Crees, Democrat poll worker.
The committee will work together over the next several months to create an official vote center plan for the county. Once it’s created, it will be opened to the public for at least 30 days. From there, the plan must be approved unanimously by the election board for vote centers to be implemented in future county elections.
Also during a meeting Wednesday night, the Jackson County Council approved a resolution recognizing the county as a vote center site. This approval was a step in the process of bringing vote centers to the county and not an official approval of vote centers for upcoming elections.
The Jackson County Commissioners approved a similar resolution recognizing the county as a vote center site 3-0 on Tuesday.
The Jackson County Clerk’s Office and Voter Registration Office announced they will be having a booth at the Jackson County Fair this summer for registered voters and community members to test voting equipment used for early voting and on Election Day.
There are two upcoming election board meetings — 10 a.m. June 11 and 6 p.m. July 13. More meetings may be scheduled between the two dates. The meetings are open to the public and press.
Election board meetings are held in the voter registration office at the Jackson County Judicial Center, 109 S. Sugar St., Brownstown.
Committee meetings will be published at least 48 hours in advance and are open to the public.