VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - While most parts of Indiana are taking a break from elections this year, voters in one southern Indiana city are beginning to cast ballots on a single issue referendum.
Vincennes has begun early voting on whether the city should build a new pool.
Because the pool is the only item on the ballot officials believe the results will provide a true indication on whether or not the community supports the project.
Rainbow Beach Pool has been the place in Vincennes to go for a swim for more than 40 years.
Officials though say they believe it is time to replace it.
"The pool we have is out of date," said Parks Superintendent Steve Beaman. "It's out of code. It doesn't have the amenities families are looking for so that's the main reason we are trying to get a new pool for Vincennes."
The city is proposing building a $3.4-million pool that would add no more than 6 cents to the tax rate, but they want to make certain the public supports it.
Now, early voting is underway at the clerk's office in the courthouse on a referendum.
"This is just like a regular election in our eyes," said Knox County Clerk Lisa Clark Benock, who says this is the first special election she can recall. "We have to get election workers. We have to do the ballot. We have to have our workers in here."
Sometimes election results become skewed because people show up to vote for other candidates or issues, but that's not going to be the case here because the only thing on the ballot is a yes or no about the pool.
"This is different than any election we've had in Vincennes in quite awhile," said Beaman.
A special election that will determine whether this community continues to provide a public pool.
The cost of the special election is being covered by a private donation and involves no tax payer money.
Vincennes voters can cast early ballots during regular business hours at the Knox County Courthouse up until election day on May 7th.
The clerk's office will also be open from 8 in the morning until noon on April 27th and May 4th for people to vote.
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