Voting centers, like those being considered in the District as a cost-saving measure for the unpcoming special election, are gaining popularity around the country.

The latest hardy endorsement comes from the News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The paper's ediotrial says although the centers might not have caused a jump in voter participation, they should be applauded for at least making it easier to vote and for slashing costs.

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has proposed that the city open 16 voting centers for three days, rather than 143 precincts on one day, to save about $200,000 for the April special election to chose a permanent replacement for the at-large council seat. The seat was vacated by Kwame Brown when he was sworn in as D.C. Council Chairman earlier this month. Voters would be able to cast their ballots at any of the 16 centers, regardless of where they live in the District.