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LISBON – The Columbiana County Electoral Council has approved an official plan to reduce polling stations, bringing the total number of polling stations to 73 from 87 and the total number of polling stations to 61 from 69.
The final plan was presented at the last Council of Elections meeting where it was adopted unanimously. Director Kim Fusco said 17,069 voters across the county would be affected by the change. All affected voters will receive a postcard informing them of the change and how it will affect their voting location.
Some voters will hardly notice the change. But some voters will have to change course and travel to a new location to vote based on the building chosen between the two unified constituencies. Assistant manager Bryce Miner said choosing which building to use is not a straightforward decision.
âWe have also considered the geographic constraints, the quality of the buildings and ADA accessibility in many of these facilities. When considering the two building location options, we did our best to choose the optimal building â, Miner said.
Fusco said the average mileage between the original enclosure and the consolidated enclosure is two miles, or about five minutes by car. Fusco acknowledged that transportation could be an issue for some voters and said early in-person voting at the polling station and postal voting are still options for the next election.
Miner said the current number of registered voters in the county is 5,000 lower than it was when it was last consolidated in 2010, despite the fact that the population count remains relatively the same. Ohio law requires that there be no more than 1,400 voters in each district, and some of the older districts only had between 500 and 800 voters each. Consolidation brings the total number of voters in each of the constituencies closer to 1,200. President Dave Johnson expressed concern that increasing the number of voters per constituency would force polling stations to stay open later in order to accommodate everyone. Fusco and Miner both said the number stayed well within the legal limit and that there should be no issues, especially given the total number of registered voters.
“Our registration numbers are pretty low with 66,000 people in the county, I don’t expect there to be any lines or anything like that right now,” said Fusco.
Fewer locations and ridings require fewer poll workers. Each election will require 56 fewer workers, saving the board a total of $ 12,992 per year, or $ 464 per election. The council has experienced a staff shortage in recent years and has struggled to recruit a sufficient number of workers per location.
“This consolidation allows flexibility with our board of directors and our staff shortages”, Miner said.
Below is a list of unified constituencies and new polling stations. Anyone with questions are encouraged to call the Elections Council at 330-424-6661.
East of the city of Liverpool
– Combine 2-A (663) and 2-B (563). 2-A currently votes at the First Church of the Nazarene and 2-B at the East Liverpool Area Community Center. The new enclosure will vote at the first church of the Nazarene and will be named “2-A”(1226). New location .9 miles, journey time 3 minutes from old location.
– Rename all neighborhoods to reflect East Palestine Village instead of City.
– Combine 1-A (684) and 2-A (591). 1-A is currently voting at the Eastern Palestine Fire Station and 2-A at the Church of Christ. The new neighborhood will vote at the Eastern Palestine fire station and will be named “1”(1275). East Palestine Village 3-A and 4-A would later be renamed “2” and “3”. New location. 1 mile, journey time 1 minute from old location.
– Combine 1-A (416) and 1-B (857). 1-A and 1-B are currently voting at the Memorial Building. The new neighborhood will continue to vote at the Memorial Building and will be named “1-A”(1273). Salem City 1-C would later be renamed “1-B”. No moving.
Canton of Center
– Combine NE (634) and NO (645). NE currently votes at the Baptist Temple in Lisbon and NW at St. George Parish Hall. Recommend having the new constituency vote at the Baptist temple in Lisbon and being nominated “North”(1279). New location 2.7 miles, 6 minute ride from old location.
Township of Elkrun
– Combine Elkton (599) and Signal (650). Elkton currently votes at Elkton Methodist Church and Signal at Lake Mount Church of Christ. The new enclosure will vote at the Lake Mount Church of Christ and will be named “Township of Elkrun” (1249) as the only enclosure of the township of Elkrun. New location 6.7 miles, 13 minute ride from old location.
Township of Fairfield
– Combine SE (578) and West (687). SE currently votes at East Fairfield United Methodist Church and West at Fairfield Township Government Center. The new ward will vote at the Township of Fairfield Government Center and be named “South”(1265). New location 4.3 miles, 7 minute journey from old location.
Township of Knox
– Combine SE (474) and SW (746). SE currently votes at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and SW at Homeworth Fire Station. Recommend that the new constituency vote at the Homeworth Fire Station and be appointed “South”(1220). New location 4.7 miles, 8 minute ride from old location.
Canton of Liverpool
– Combine East (496) and North (797). East currently voting at the Township of Liverpool Fire Station and North at the East Liverpool Area Community Center. The new neighborhood will vote at the East Liverpool Area Community Center and be named “Is”(1293). New location 1.8 km, 2 minutes from the old location.
– Combine NW (643) and West (659). NW is currently voting at the Liverpool Twp. Administrative building and west to the campground community church. Recommend that the new polling station at the Liverpool Township Administration Building and be appointed “Where is”(1302). New location 2.8 miles, 5 minute ride from old location.
Township of Middleton
– Combine NW (643) and South (674). NW currently votes at Negley VFD and South at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. The new district will vote in the Negley VFD and will be nominated “Negley”(1317). Middleton Township NE would later be renamed “Rogers”. New location 3.5 miles, 6 minute ride from old location.
Canton of Sainte-Claire
– Combine Calcutta (644) and South (659). Calcutta and South are currently voting at the St. Clair Township Administration Building. The new precinct will continue to vote at the Township of St. Clair administration building and will be named “Calcutta”(1303).
– Rename SW to “South”. West Township 1. Combine East Rochester (744) and New Chambersburg (502). East Rochester currently votes at the West Community Center and New Chambersburg at New Alexander Christian Church. The new neighborhood will vote at the West Community Center and will be named “East Rochester”(1246). New location 5 miles, 9 minute ride from old location.
Village of Wellsville
– Combine 1 (285) and 3 (690). 1 and 3 are currently voting at Wellsville High School. The new ward will continue to vote at Wellsville High School and will be named “1”(975).
– Wellsville 2 will move to Wellsville High School (743). New location 0.3 miles, 2 minutes from old location.
Township of Yellow Creek
– Combine East (886) and West (436). East currently votes for Hope Christian Fellowship and West for Oakridge Presbyterian Church. New constituency votes for Hope Christian Fellowship and will be named “Township of Yellow Creek”(1322) as the only enclosure of the township of Yellow Creek. New location 1.2 miles, 2 minutes from old location.