July 24, 2013
The BOC gave its approval for Election Superintendent, Judge Linda Mock-Keller, to proceed with eliminating 4 of the 7 polling places in the county. The only 3 places where voting will take place will be the Courthouse in Monticello, Fire Station 1 near Turtle Cove, and the Fire Station in Farrar. If you voted in Shady Dale or Hillsboro or at the Piedmont or North Alcovy Fire Stations, you will now be voting in one of the 3 remaining polling places. All early voting will continue to take place in the Courthouse.
This move is expected to save the county between $5,000 and $10,000 each election year. In 2012 there were 37 different ballots, according to Judge Mock-Keller; with fewer precincts there would only be 23 ballots, which would save money. There would also be a savings in the cost of poll workers as the number could be reduced by as many as half.
It was stated that no one would have to travel more than 10 miles to a new polling place, and most people in the county come into Monticello at least once during the 45 day early voting period and could vote in the Courthouse during that time.
The BOC voted 5-0 in support of this move.
This plan will have to be approved by the Justice Department. It was not stated if there would have to be public hearings on this change or if the citizens have any say so in the matter at all.