On Thursday, January 28th, a meeting of the Edmonson County Election Board was held at the Clerk's office. Among other things discussed, a vote was taken to reopen the Wingfield Fire Department as a second polling place. That vote passed, 4-0. "Our goal is for people to vote," said County Clerk Kevin Alexander. "If we can make it easier for people to vote while also being responsible, then we want to do that."
Currently, the only polling place in the first district was at South Edmonson Elementary, which not only has the highest concentration of voters, but also has shown a trend of having higher voter turnout numbers.
Sheriff Shane Doyle, who is also on the board, said the idea is to alleviate crowding at the polls while also allowing people to vote closer to home. "This simply made the most sense," Doyle said. "We want to do everything we can to encourage voting, not make it more difficult."
The board also had discussion to fix a few other issues with precinct lines, and will be working with Fiscal Court over the next few months to address those issues. "Our ultimate goal is for people to vote in their own community," Alexander said.
The county election board is made up of County Clerk Kevin Alexander, Sheriff Shane Doyle, Republican representative Bob Kleier, and Democrat representative Susie Wood. The changes are expected to be in place by the November general election.