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February 14, 2013

Hendricks County’s own ... CONNIE LAWSON

Secretary of State is long-time resident

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INDIANAPOLIS —

She said each month she has a birthday lunch for employees.

“They come and have lunch with me so I can get to know them better,” she said. “I think we’re really building a cohesive team.”

She said long-time friend Kelly Waggoner was also key to her leap to the administrative office.

“She really has helped me with the transition,” Lawson said.

Lawson is currently fulfilling White’s term of office, which ends in 2014. She said she’s planning to run for the office and is hoping to be the candidate moving into the state convention in June 2014.

“If I’m nominated at the convention, then I’ll be on the November ballot,” she said.

Lawson is also setting goals for herself and her staff.

“My first goal for the future is in regard to the elections,” she said. “I’ll be hosting regional meetings for our county clerks who are interested in learning more about vote centers. Vote centers can help those counties that are strapped and need to save money. The centers can make an election more cost effective.”

A vote center is a type of election process that helps voters in a county to vote at any site in that county.

“They can stop and vote at any center in the county,” Lawson said.

“It’s a way to reduce costs because you have fewer polling places and fewer poll workers. It’s quality rather than quantity.”

The rule is to have one vote center for every 10,000 registered voters.

“And these centers can be in non-traditional places,” she said. “Like in Johnson County. They had one of the vote centers at Jonathan Byrd’s Cafeteria. The poll workers loved it and so did the voters.”

She said she visited a vote center at a mall during the last election and asked people how long they had to wait.

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