Polling Place Information
Polling places are chosen to accommodate the most voters possible. There are many factors the Election Commission takes into account when selecting a polling place, including the amount of space available for voters, the amount of parking available, ease of entrance and exit, the amount of lighting available, and handicapped accessibility. The Election Commission also considers the convenience of the location of the polling place in relation to where most of the voters in a precinct reside.
When a polling place changes, there may be several reasons why it occurred. The polling place may have no longer been handicapped accessible; it may be under temporary construction; it may have had prior commitments on election day; or it may have simply no longer wished to serve as a polling place. Sometimes a voter's polling place may change, but the voter's old location is still in use. This usually occurs when another polling place is no longer used, and the voter's old location was the closest polling place for voters in the other precinct. Another location would then have to be found for the displaced voters.
If a voter experiences a problem on election day at his or her polling place, he or she should speak to the poll workers who are on duty at the location. If the voter feels the poll workers are unable to help, the voter should then contact the Election Commission. If the problem is one that is interfering with the voter's right to vote, the voter should contact the Election Commission immediately. If the problem is something that can be handled later, the voter should contact the Election Commission after the election.
The Election Commission always appreciates input from voters. If a voter has any suggestions on different polling locations, or problems with the voter's current location, the voter should contact us.
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