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Hancock will use mail-in ballots after 2018 election

The Nov. 6 general election will be the last time Hancock voters will go to a polling site. After 2018, residents will vote by mail.

The Hancock City Council approved at the Sept. 10 meeting using mail-in ballots for elections after 2018.

Council member Jeff Kisgen said as much as he supports polling sites, "it's time to give it up. It's too costly."

Mayor Bruce Malo said he didn't like the change but the city needs to do it.

The city will spend about $1,400 total for the August primary election and the Nov. 6 general election, city clerk Jodi Bedel said. The cost includes paying election judges and other expenses. The city would spend about $700 with mail-in ballots, she said.

"Who's left?" council member Bob Staples asked of entities that use polling sites. Baker Township, Moore Township, Swan Lake Township and the cities of Hancock and Morris are the only entities in the county that use polling sites.

"Moore (Township) will do what we do," Malo said. Moore Township residents vote at the Hancock city site.

Bedel said while ballots can be mailed to the auditor/treasurer's office, voters can bring their ballots to the auditor/treasurer's office..

The city of Donnelly started using mail-in ballots for the 2018 election.