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Floyd County residents dealing with new changes during primary election

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---As voters head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, people living in Floyd County, Indiana will notice some new changes.

In the past, there have been at least 32 voting sites.

“There's gonna be 10 locations in Floyd County. There's gonna be 5 in the city and 5 up in the county,” says Christy Eurton, the current Floyd County Clerk.

Christy Eurton says the hope is to make voting easier for people, allowing them to vote wherever they want.

“Every year we always have a section of provisional ballots that we have and these provisional ballots end up not counting in the end. The reason being, the voter goes to the wrong precinct,” Eurton says.

Voters will also now be using electronic voting machines, which is changing the way the ballots are tallied. In the past, they were all kept on a memory pack.

Officials say the concept will still be the same, but the information will now being kept on a thumb drive. They believe the new process will save time and money.

“For each election cycle, we usually have in the primary 300 poll workers. We have half that amount this year. So, for each election cycle, you're going to be seeing less and less poll workers that will be needed, so the cost isn't going to be seen all up front, but in the long run it will show,” Christy Eurton says.

However, not everyone is on board with the new voting system.

We spoke with several people, who didn't want to appear on camera, who say fewer places to vote may result in older residents not being able to travel to the vote centers. They say that’s because the vote centers may now be farther away for some people. Some also worry about election fraud with the new technology.

Some residents, like Wanda Bensing, are looking forward to change.

“It will be fine. Everybody will get used to it,” says Wanda Bensing.

She says despite fewer places to vote, it shouldn't prevent people from casting a ballot.

“It's fine with me because if someone wants to vote, they're gonna find a way to do that,” says Wanda Bensing.

Officials are hoping the new system will lead to a higher than normal turnout for the primary election.

To see a list of the vote centers, click here.

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