CHIPLEY – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners has tabled a measure to close four voting precincts.
Supervisor of Elections Carol Rudd presented closure recommendations to commissioners when the board met November 8, but due to confusion about budget line items, the board decided to table making a final decision about the closings.
The subject has been a topic of discussion for several months with both the commission and the elections offices stating they are trying to determine the best way to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
There are currently 16 polling places in the county, some of which Rudd says are not cost effective. Should the county ultimately decide to close some of them, it would be for monetary purposes, Rudd says.
Considered for closure are polling sites at Courts of Praise Church, Shepherds Gate Church, and the Washington County Recycling Center, selected based on voter Election Day turnout numbers over the past five years. Data that shows those precincts have historically had the lowest turnout in the county.
The board is expected to make a final decision at their December meeting. That meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on December 13.