Delaware County cuts polling places from 70 to 50

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Delaware County commissioners have approved reducing the number of polling places for the Nov. 4 general election, in part to save money.

The plan approved Monday cuts the number of polling places from 70 to 50 in the county. It doesn’t affect its 77 precincts, only where people living in those precincts cast their votes.

County Clerk Steve Craycraft told the commissioners that consolidating polling places could eliminate the need for as many as 100 of the county’s 500 poll workers.

“That would knock $25,000 off the cost,” Craycraft told the commissioners. Some poll workers are paid $80 for a 14-hour day, he said.

Craycraft said the May primary election cost the county $140,000.

Another consideration is the difficulty in securing locations. The Star Press reports the county about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis has moved polling from some schools after the schools complained. Several years ago, people in a northern Delaware County precinct voted in a garage.

Craycraft says another concern is too many poll workers not showing up on Election Day.

“We were 100 poll workers short (for training) the week before the election,” Craycraft said. “And on Election Day, we had 25 poll workers not show up.”

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