Franklin Co. Voting Precinct Consolidation Plan Clarified

July 16, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The Franklin County Board of Elections is clarifying its plan to consolidate voting precincts and adding that it remains open to suggestions.

Last month, Franklin County Elections Superintendent Tess Eubanks told the Franklin County Commission that the elections board voted in March to consolidate precincts from the current 13 down to four based on Franklin County’s four county commission districts.

The move would save Franklin County over $5,000 per election.

For the past month, the elections board has solicited input from Franklin County voters and Eubanks says those opinions for and against are running neck and neck.

According to Eubanks, voters think it is a good way to try to save Franklin County money. However, voters worry that elderly will not be able to make it to the new polling place.

Municipal leaders have also said that they are concerned people living in public housing will not be able to get to a new polling place since many do not have cars there is no public transportation in Franklin County or any of its municipalities.

However, Eubanks said she would work to make sure ways were found to get everyone who wants to vote to the polls.

In addition, Eubanks said that while the elections board was to consolidate precincts, the four-district plan presented last month is not set in stone.

She added that the board looked a number of plans and is open to other ideas or suggestions.

Eubanks also said there has been a lot of misinformation circulating that the board is not willing to listen to Franklin County voters before going ahead with the plan.

She said that is one reason while a public hearing is scheduled for August 6 at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Elections and Registrations office in Carnesville.

According to Eubanks, the elections board is open to any and all ideas from Franklin County voters, even if it means going back to the drawing board.

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