Election Commission OKs Two Voting Locations

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The Cannon County Election Commission called a special meeting to finalize the Short Mountain 2 and Pleasant Ridge voting locations Thursday.

Earlier this month the commission retracted its decision to shut down two Short Mountain voting places and the Pleasant Ridge voting location after a public meeting was held with residents in the affected areas.

Short Mountain 2 will go back to the Short Mountain School as there was no other suitable place found for a polling place in that precinct. Pleasant Ridge precinct voters will continue to do so at Woodbury Grammar School.

A copy of the minutes of the special meeting will be faxed to the State Coordinator of Elections to show that the action of both precincts were approved by the entire election commission.

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January 27, 2012 at 11:10am
January 27, 2012 at 6:21pm
What an absolute waste of taxpayer monies so 150 people can keep from driving that extra 5 minutes.

I know that has to be such a relief to them to have that huge burden off of them.

I mean the audacity of it all! How dare them to ask us to vote in the precinct we were zoned for and to actually understand the costs associated with keeping those precincts open!

I know I was appalled at their idea of saving taxpayer money!
January 28, 2012 at 6:04am
At the meeting, it was apparent that the state has agreed that the polling places should NOT have been moved unless there was a more convenient place within the precinct. Since there was not, all 5 voted UNANIMOUSLY Thursday night to leave them as they are. We also learned that the county is reimbursed by the state for all expenses relative to primary or presidential elections. This means the only election the county will be out money for is the August election. The state will reimburse the county for the March & Nov elections including all costs involved in preparing for them.
Just FYI... Tracy
January 28, 2012 at 7:31am
If that is the case then the state may have opened up a costly can of worms, not only in Cannon County but every other county, because if their criteria for polling places now includes convenience, people in every precinct will now be wanting to vote at the polling place closest to them, even if that means it is not in their designated precinct.
January 28, 2012 at 8:58am
The State revenues that will be spent are monies from taxes we pay, not picked from the money tree. Will the state pay the expence to inform voters of a change then inform them again that the change was reversed not to mention the confussion today and on election day by some individuals who wont know where to vote or even those who may not even vote out of fustration. Dont care why it happened or who's at fault, this was a major blunder.
January 28, 2012 at 3:49pm
So what if the 5 voted UNAMIOUSLY this time. They vote UNAMIOUSLY back in November to do a logical thing by moving a few voters to places that would save the county and the State taxpayer money. Just because a few people made phone calls and screamed because they were inconvienced a little this did become a major blunder. The Election Commissioners who changed their votes and caved in to pressure from a few are the cause of the major blunder. While the State and Federal government does reimburse the county for some expenses of non-county elections, they will NOT reimburse Cannon County for the expenses of postage to send out new cards and letters and then the duplicate expenses to redo these mailings again. Also, the county will NOT be reimbursed for the extra employee time it takes to do all this. What an expense just so a few people will not be inconvienced. Also now there is confusion on some people's part about where they vote and now people in other districts are wanting to know why they have to drive so far to their polling place. The 3 Election Commissioners who "changed their vote" and caused all this trouble should have to answer to the taxpaying citizens of Cannon County for their actions.
January 29, 2012 at 6:32am
If the second vote was an example of old fashion political "flip-flopping" then perhaps this last vote could be called flop-flipping?

But then again if the commissioners (all five) were unaware of the state requirement regarding changes when they initially voted for the change perhaps that is indicative of something other than flipping or flopping.

January 29, 2012 at 9:20pm
Thank you election commission for placing our polling places back where they were.
February 02, 2012 at 1:17pm
I was shocked at first that I was going to have to go to Auburntown to vote, as opposed to Woodbury Grammer, 13 miles instead of 3, but a simple call to the Election Commission informed me that all I had to do was to come there and vote early. Maybe if this was advertised a little better, so many wouldn't have made such a big deal. Also to go to the expense of having to back to the way it was.
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