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Some Primary voters heading to new polling sites

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — After reducing the number of precincts last year in an effort to cut costs, the Summit County Board of Elections (BOE) has added more precincts to lighten the load at polling places.

The changes are effective with the Sept. 10 Primary Election, according to Joe Masich, Summit County BOE director.

There are now 420 precincts, up from the 298 for last year’s General Election.

“We reduced them last year because of budget troubles and booth worker costs,” Masich said. “With the registration drives by both Republican and Democratic national parties, some of them swelled to over 1,700 voters per precinct.”

The increase to 420 is still less than the 475 precincts that the county previously had in place. The new precincts have between 700 and 1,000 voters, Masich said.

Those who have races to vote for in the Primary Election should have received large orange postcards from the BOE in recent weeks that state their polling places and gives information on wards and districts in which voters live. There are 240 precincts in which voters will have races to weigh in on in Summit County, Masich said.

Those who do not have any candidates to vote for in the Primary will receive a postcard in late September with updated polling place information for the Nov. 5 General Election, Masich said. Voters who already received postcards won’t receive them again at that time unless it’s necessary to change their polling places, Masich said.

He added that after last November’s General Election, all of the county’s polling places were re-evaluated to make sure the spaces were sufficient to hold equipment and voters.

Voters who would like to vote early may visit the BOE at 470 Grant St. today and tomorrow, Sept. 5-6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Election Day, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, call 330-643-5200 or go to www.summitcountyboe.com.

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