Ahead of the 2020 election, important changes to the voting process are being discussed in election offices. Many counties are exploring the use of vote centers instead of precinct-specific polling locations. Most counties and states still use the precinct-based model, meaning voters are assigned to one polling location on election day, and they are unable to vote anywhere else. In contrast, vote centers allow voters to go to any vote center to cast their ballot. Some states already use vote centers, and the impact is mixed. While proponents cite the cost-saving and accessibility benefits of vote centers, there are valid concerns. Counties and states that have adopted vote centers have closed a substantial portion of their previous polling locations. This is alarming in states previously covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which required federal oversight of changes to voting processes to protect minority voters’ ballot access in places with a history of discrimination. Without oversight, many of the jurisdictions implemented the vote center model, closing dozens of polling locations in minority communities. The details and preliminary impact of these closures are outlined in a new study, Democracy Diverted, from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Other concerns exist as well: will counties have foreign language speakers at all vote centers to accommodate language access? If these changes are made, how will the new model be rolled out to communities to prevent confusion among voters? Will the limited number of voter centers be strategically placed to benefit certain parties or communities? If your county is adopting vote centers, now is the time to engage with your elections office to ensure these concerns are voiced and taken into account in the decision making process.