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Houston County Voting Locations

More than 2,000 registered voters in Houston County may have to find their way to a new polling place for the next election.

County commissioners are considering a plan to close four of the county's 32 polling places.

In the last election, fewer than 57-percent of Alabama voters went to the polls due to a variety of problems.

So Houston County officials are trying to get to the bottom of it.

One of the biggest complaints people have about their voting place is size and how much space they have to move around. One of the places in particular that will be moved is the Dothan Utilities Department. The idea is for those who vote at the Dothan Utilities Complex will now vote at Westgate Recreation Center.

Not only will the move provide more space, it will help with lighting and privacy.

The plan to shut down four polling places and re-shuffle the voting districts will also save the county more than $14,000 per election, as less equipment, ballots and poll workers will be needed.

Any money saved by the election budget would go back to the county's general fund.

A meeting to get the public's input on the changes will be held Monday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Houston County Farm Center and all voters are encouraged to come.

Any changes would require U.S. Justice Department approval and could go into effect before the 2006 elections.


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