Houston County Voting

By: Erika Kurre
By: Erika Kurre

More than 2000 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. The county commission is considering this option as a way to even out the number of voters who show up at each polling place.

Officials say the plan would save thousands of dollars each election and would keep the county up-to-date with Alabama disability regulations.

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.

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.

Money saved by the election budget would go back to the county's general fund. Commissioners are waiting to make the changes until after they hear from the public. Any changes that are made will be voted on in the following commission meeting...then submitted to the justice department for approval.

A meeting to get the public's input on the changes will be held Monday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30 in the evening. It will be 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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