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Change to Toombs Voting Precincts
Monday, 17 March 2014

March 17--  Most of the voters in Toombs County will be voting at a new location when the May 20 primary elections roll around.

County election officials have reduced the number of voting precincts from 14 to five, according to Election Supervisor Carey Alligood, who says it will save the county lots of money each year.

"About $75,000 per election cycle and because we won't have to make these old precinct buildings compliant with the Americans With Disability Act (ADA) the overall savings will be like $200,000 we save the county," she said.

The five voting precints which will be used are the STC Adult Literacy buidling on Brinson Road in Vidalia, the new Vidalia Municipal Annex downtown, the Octagon building at Partin Park in Lyons, New Branch and Cedar Crossing.

"These buidlings are in good shape and most of them meet ADA compliance, they are accessible to the handicapped.  We'll have to make some adjustments to New Branch, but all the others meet all our needs," she said.

Voters who formerly voted in Ohoopee and Blue Ridge will vote at Partin Park, Normantown precinct voters will vote at the Brinson Road location, the Marvin community voters will vote at New Branch and those who voted at STC on Highway 280 will vote at the Vidalia Municipal Annex.

The remaining four precincts had to be broken up and voters who voted at the Old Health Department on Morris Street in Vidalia, Harden's Chapel, Santa Claus and Center,  as well as all others, will hear from the Elections Office before election day.

"We're going to be mailing out precinct cards to every person that the move affected.  At the old precincts we're closing down, we'll post signs letting them know the precinct has been closed and advising them to call our office in Lyons, 526-8226, and we'll be glad to answer any questions they have," Alligood said.

Nearly 9,000 of the county's almost 13,000 voters are impacted by the change.


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