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Forest Park polling place moved to modular building

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Some voters may have been a little surprised or confused when they went to vote yesterday. The location of the voting poll at Forest Park Elementary School had been moved.

Apparently Forest Park principal, Connie Cook, initiated the change. She thought it would be better for the workers as well as the voters. After discussing it with Betty Clerk, the Inspector of Brazil 4 and Jackson 3, the move was made.

Clerk said there was no legal problem with moving to the modular building because it was still at the same address. However, because the decision was made so late, there wasn't time to officially notify the public.

The early morning voters who were out before daybreak had a little difficulty finding the poll. Once the sun came up it wasn't much of a problem.

The modular structure is located west of the main building. Voting had previously taken place in the east end of the school.

It seemed to be a good move. There was more room in the modular. The constant interruptions from announcements over the loud speaker in the main building were silenced in the modular.

A telephone hook-up at the new location made communication between polls easier for the workers. Previously they had to go to a nearby office for phone use. Easier, accessible parking was available to the voters. And handicapped voters didn't have as far to walk.

Some poll workers and voters voiced approval of the move. Plans, at this time, are for the poll to remain in the modular at other elections.

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