Several polling places to be consolidated for May primary

LISBON – The Columbiana County elections board will consolidate some polling places for the May 7 primary election.

The decision was made at Tuesday’s board meeting after Director Adam Booth recommended they consolidate polling places in Butler, Fairfield and Franklin townships for this election only because of the small number of affected voters in those precincts.

Booth cited as an example the Butler Township North precinct, where there are 14 voters eligible to cast ballots for or against a proposed United Local school district permanent improvement levy. Instead of voting at their usual polling place, which is the Damascus United Methodist Church, the board agreed to have those 14 people vote instead at the Butler East precinct located at the township hall, but just for this election.

“We’re not going to open every precinct and pay poll workers to wait for 14 voters,” he said. It cost the election board $1,100 to open and staff a polling place.

Following is the list of other places were polling places will relocated just for this election:

– Fairfield Township, West precinct, located at the township hall. Those 41 voters who can cast ballots on the Columbiana school bond issue will instead vote at the North precinct polling place, located at Phil’s Sales and Service.

– Franklin Township precinct, located at the Summitville Fire Hall. The three voters who can cast ballots on the United Local school levy will instead vote at the Hanover South polling place, located at the Kensington Christian Church.

Booth said each of those voters will be advised of the change by postcard. Also, instructions will be posted at the precinct locations on election day informing them of the change in polling places and directing them where to go.

In other business, the board voted to allow early voting at the board offices from now until 4 p.m. May 3. Booth said about 75 people have opted to vote early so far.

The board’s next meeting will be 5 p.m. May 6.