Election leaders seeking back-up locations

Polling sites eyed for emergencies

By ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 9/2/16

Should anything happen that might lead to a polling site being inoperable, the balloting process must go on, as most often it is aligned with either state or federal elections, or both.

Thus, …

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Election leaders seeking back-up locations

Polling sites eyed for emergencies

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Should anything happen that might lead to a polling site being inoperable, the balloting process must go on, as most often it is aligned with either state or federal elections, or both.

Thus, the Bradley County Election Commission is working to identify emergency alternate voting sites that could be used, if needed.

Commissioners Christy Schuch and Dana Burgner were attempting to pinpoint those potential sites following Thursday’s Election Commission meeting. The five-member panel will make a decision on these alternate sites at its next meeting in October, well before the Nov. 8 state and presidential election.

“Say, for example, a tornado hits one of our polling places. We would need another place for that precinct to vote, so we are coming up with a possible location,” Burgner said.

To avoid any confusion, the commission might not release the names of these locations, unless necessary. However, they will be able to place equipment and pollsters at these sites as quickly as possible.

The Election Commission also agreed to test an upgraded voting system at Stuart Elementary School in the November election. The system will be similar to that used during early voting, and while being tested, no votes will be affected but will be counted as usual. The Stuart Elementary School precinct is the largest polling site in the city and county.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 election will begin in mid-October. The Election Commission office reminds those who have had a change of address to contact the office on Broad Street so the new address, and the potential new voting location, can be recorded. That will help the person on Election Day be at the correct precinct polling site.

Present at Thursday’s meeting, which had been rescheduled due to the Labor Day holiday, were Burgner and Schuch, Oscar Kelley and Chairman Travis Henry. Also present was Administrator of Elections Fran Green.

The group’s next meeting will be on Oct. 3.

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