LISBON - There will be six new polling places for some voters following action taken this past week by the Columbiana County Board of Elections.
The changes involve two polling places in Salem and one each in Fairfield, Hanover, Unity and Washington townships.
Elections Board Director Adam Booth reported at the August meeting Salem School Superintendent Tom Bratten had asked they find alternative polling places instead of continuing to use the Buckeye Elementary and Reilly Elementary schools. Bratten was concerned about having voters coming into an elementary school.
As a result, the polling place for the Salem 1-C precinct located at Buckeye Elementary is being moved to the First Friends Church, while the Salem 4-B precinct at Reilly Elementary is being relocated to the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library. Booth said the library board is scheduled to meet next week to approve the agreement.
Following are the other polling place changes approved by the board:
- Fairfield Township, West precinct: The polling place is being moved from Copeland Hills Golf Course to the township administration building.
- Hanover Township, North precinct: The polling place is being moved from the New Garden Methodist Church to the Brautigam Center at United Local High School. This is the old gymnasium that is used for Head Start and as a community center.
- Unity Township, New Waterford precinct: The polling place is being moved from the New Waterford Fire Department to the New Waterford Methodist Church.
- Washington Township: The polling place located at the Highlandtown Fire Department is being moved across the road to the Inverness Fellowship Hall. Booth said they had originally planned to move the polling place to the Southern Local school, but poll workers made him aware of the Inverness Hall's location and availability.
Postcards have already been mailed to registered voters in these precincts to alert them of the change.
In other news, Booth advised the board he had formally notified county commissioners in writing they need an additional $65,000 to get through the year, and he is confident the money will be forthcoming.
The elections board was allocated $546,000, compared to the $630,000 spent during the last presidential year in 2008. Booth has estimated they will need $610,000 to get through the year.
"We're not out of money yet ... but by the end of November we will be," he said.