New Voting Machines Means Fewer Polling Places
Recently, Clay County was awarded a grant to replace the current IVotronic voting machines with new state-of-the-art voting machines. But, in order for the county to qualify for the grant to purchase the new machines, it was madated that Clay County reduce the number of polling sites from the current 14 to 10.
“We want everyone to understand that this is not changing any of the precincts, only combining voting sites,” Election Coordinator Karen Cagle explained.
The changes were approved last week during a meeting of the Clay County Election Commission, held at the courthouse in Corning.
“The suggested polling site changes only affected precincts with less than 200 registered voters,” Cagle added. “Taking this into account the commissioners have approved several moves.”
There are four polling sites which will be affected, with all the changes going into effect for the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election. In the Eastern District there are two precincts affected as voters in both Payne and Swain will no longer be voting at Nimmons City Hall, and will now cast their ballots at the Piggott Community Center.
Meanwhile, the polling site for the Knob Precinct is being moved from the Knob Community Center to the Boydsville Community Center; the polling site for Clark Precinct is being moved from the Datto City Hall to the Success City Hall and the polling site for Clark Precinct is being moved from the Peach Orchard Community Center to the Knobel Community Center.
The remaining precincts will see no changes, with the usual polling sites used for the General Election and future elections.
The Clay County Election Commissioners will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, at the Clay County Courthouse in Corning. The public is welcome to attend.