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Board of Commissioners pass Ottawa County Early Voting Plan

Ottawa County Administration Building
Ottawa County Administration Building

Voters get 9 days of early voting, while security measures put in place

Voters in Ottawa County will now have up to 9 days to vote early before any state or federal election. The news comes after the Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a plan presented by the county clerk’s office. According to the Clerk’s office, The Ottawa County Early Voting Plan calls for four vote centers in separate regions of the county where any voter may participate in state or federal elections starting next year.     

The vote came after several months of discussions and following unanimous approval from all 23 jurisdictions in Ottawa County. The vote Tuesday evening by the elected board of commissioners is seen as the last hurdle required.

Ottawa County Clerk Joe Roebuck.

"I'm so thankful and so proud of our local clerks. I mean, this really represents a huge collaboration and a huge effort that I think our whole community can get behind," Roebuck said.
There will be nine days of early voting at four polling locations in Ottawa County. This was passed unanimously by commissioners.

Included in the early voting plan will be the installation of security cameras at polling locations, specifically where ballots are stored and kept. The plan calls for an online management tool as well, giving voters a project wait time at each voting center, as well as using watermarked ballots to ensure authenticity.

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