Clark County polling locations change, 2 for Aug. 8 special election

A line of voters stretched out the door and around the parking lot of the Clark County Board of Elections as people wait for over an hour to cast their vote on Nov. 7, 2016. BILL LACKEY / STAFF

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A line of voters stretched out the door and around the parking lot of the Clark County Board of Elections as people wait for over an hour to cast their vote on Nov. 7, 2016. BILL LACKEY / STAFF

Three Springfield voting precincts will have new permanent polling locations, while two other polling locations will move temporarily for the Aug. 8 special election, according to the Clark County Board of Elections.

City precincts 15, 16 and 17 will now vote at the NTPRD Chiller, 301 W. Main St. Voters from those precincts previous cast ballots at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 27 N. Wittenberg Ave.

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The move was made at the request of the church, Board of Elections Deputy Director Amber Lopez said. The church served as a voting location for two years, she said.

“I believe they had something else lined up and it wouldn’t work anymore,” Lopez said.

The Aug. 8 special election is for a Clark-Shawnee Local School District’s $37.2 million bond issue to build a new elementary school and renovate the high school. If approved, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $15 a month. It’s the only issue on the ballot.

The polling location for the City 1 precinct is temporarily moving to Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St., for the special election. The precinct, which is in the Clark-Shawnee school district, will return to its regular location, Horace Mann School, 521 Mountjoy St., for the general election.

The polling location for the Bethel 6 precinct is also temporarily moving to the Rockway Firehouse, 3650 W. National Road, for the special election only. It will also return to its regular home at the Davidson Interpretive Center on Lower Valley Pike in November.

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“It’s a small number of voters,” Lopez said.

The move will allow the board to save money because those are already existing polling locations, she said.

All voters in affected precincts will receive an informational mailer that includes aerial photographs with parking and entrance locations.

Voters are welcome to vote by absentee ballot by mail or at Clark County the Board of Elections office during early voting hours at the Springview Government Center, 3130 E. Main St. The last chance to early vote is by 2 p.m. Aug. 7

For more information or for early voting hours, log on to clarkcountyohio.gov/boe or call the BOE at 937-521-2120.

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