Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
In a professed cost-saving measure, the Logan County Board of Elections voted at a recent meeting to consolidate three precincts and reduce by six the number of polling locations in the county.
ELECTION DAY CHANGES
Changes to polling locations, as voted by the board of elections are as follows:
• Bellefontaine first and fourth ward, Lake Township — Union Station, 613 Hamilton St.;
• Third ward — Masonic Center, 600 N. Main St.;
• Rushcreek Township and Rushsylvania — Rushsylvania Church of Christ, 170 E. Mill St., Rushsylvania;
• Jefferson Township, Valley Hi and Zanesfield — Tri-Valley Fire Department, 2793 Sandusky St., Zanesfield;
• Liberty Township and West Liberty — Quest Community Church, 110 South St., West Liberty;
• Huntsville and McArthur Township — McArthur Township building, 3691 W. County Road 37, Huntsville;
• Pleasant Township — Riverside High School, 2096 S. County Road 24, DeGraff;
• Perry Township — Perry Township Fire Department, 32565 State St., East Liberty;
• Stokes southeast — Indian Lake Community Church Fellowship Hall, 120 S. Orchard Island Road, Russells Point; and
• Stokes west — Lakeview municipal building, 126 N. Main St., Lakeview.
Residents affected by any adjustment in precinct or polling place should expect to receive notification in the mail explaining the difference.
In Bellefontaine, the former Southeastern Elementary School located at 613 Hamilton St. — now known as Union Station — will host the first and fourth wards as well as Lake Township voters.
The election board voted at its meeting to have third ward residents vote at the Masonic Center, 600 N. Main St., but that, too, is subject to change as elections officials realized after the fact that move would leave six precincts voting at the site. To remedy that, third ward may be added to the list of Union Station precincts, or all precincts currently staged at Masonic could be moved to the ROC Church, 874 E. Sandusky Ave.
That point will be decided at another board meeting next week.
Bottom line, according to elections staff, is that there only will be two polling places in the city; one of them is Union Station, and the other likely will be the Masonic Center, unless it ends up being the ROC Church.
Other changes include a consolidation of fourth ward C into fourth ward A.
Rushcreek Township and Rushsylvania have been combined into a single precinct that will vote at the Rushsylvania Church of Christ, 170 E. Mill St., Rushsylvania.
About two years after combining Jefferson Township into a single precinct, the election board has voted to again split that area. Residents north of County Road 10 comprise Jefferson Township north, and residents south of C.R. 10, along with the village of Zanesfield and Valley Hi are Jefferson Township south. Both precincts will vote at the Tri-Valley Fire Department, 2793 Sandusky St., Zanesfield.
Elections staff said the decision to move some polling places came after an ADA compliance review that showed some existing facilities are not adequately handicap accessible.
In other changes to polling locations, Liberty Township and West Liberty voters will vote at Quest Community Church, 110 South St., West Liberty; Huntsville and McArthur Township voters will vote at the McArthur Township building, 3691 W. County Road 37, Huntsville; Pleasant Township moves to Riverside High School, 2096 S. County Road 24, DeGraff; Perry Township to Perry Township Fire Department, 32565 State St., East Liberty; Stokes southeast to Indian Lake Community Church Fellowship Hall, 120 S. Orchard Island Road, Russells Point; and Stokes west to the Lakeview municipal building, 126 N. Main St., Lakeview.
The board estimates about $1,500 savings by going from 40 to 37 precincts. Less travel and lower delivery costs will also result from the changes, elections staff said.
In conjunction with polling place changes, there is a local push to get federal grant dollars to help pay for ADA upgrades to facilities. For example, Jefferson Township will receive $1,512.50 in grant money toward paving the lot at the fire department, elections staff reports.
In other matters, the board opted after legal review not to certify an initiative petition for a golf cart resolution for the November ballot for the village of Russells Point because of questionable signatures.
Write-in Riverside School Board candidate Brian Wright was approved for the ballot.
Any questions may directed to the board of elections, 599-7255.