INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — In an effort to drastically reduce expenses, the Indian River County Supervisor of Elections has consolidated polling locations for the upcoming Nov. 8 Municipal General Elections.
“With increasing numbers of voters taking advantage of early voting and voting by absentee ballot, it only makes sense to consolidate polling locations,” Supervisor of Elections Leslie Swan said.
In 2010, 50 percent of voters cast their ballot prior to Election Day.
Consolidating polling locations equates to a reduction of polling site rental fees, fewer poll workers, reduced equipment moving expenses, fewer supplies and voting equipment, and a decrease in phone-line connectivity expenses.
The reduction in polling locations and associated office expenses will result in a cost savings of approximately $122,000 annually.
All voters affected by a polling place change will be receiving a letter from the Supervisor of Elections office indicating the voter’s new polling location. The letters will be sent out next week. Included in the letter are absentee ballot request cards if a voter would like to request a ballot by mail.
Early voting is also available at the Supervisor of Elections office located at 4375 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach from Oct. 29 through Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the only early voting site available for this election.
Voters can visit the Indian River County Supervisor of Election’s website at www.voteindianriver.com to check their polling location or request an absentee ballot. For additional elections information contact the Elections Office at (772) 226-3440.