Consolidated polling places leave some Vero voters confused

By Debbie Carson, Online Editor

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — There have been reports of some voters showing up at old ballot locations today as they learn for the first time their polling spots have been moved as a part of a cost-saving measure by Supervisor of Elections, Kay Clem.

Leslie Swan, the assistant supervisor of elections, said the office has received just one phone call from a voter about the changed location. However, voters were visibly upset as they discovered they had to travel elsewhere to cast their ballots, according to eyewitness reports. “I wasn’t sure this was the right place,” one female voter said outside her new polling location, Trinity Episcopal Great Hall, which now houses three polling precincts.

Two other voters said that this was their first time voting at Trinity Episcopal and that they were used to voting at the Main Library.

Swan said that signs have been posted at the old polling locations giving the address to the new one. She also said that voters received new voter registration cards in the mail with their new polling location listed on it.

The Supervisor of Elections Office has also had a press release posted on its Web site since Oct. 15 with the revised list of polling locations. The same list has been televised on the various government access channels for Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Indian River County.

“They were all notified,” Swan said.

Voters who are unsure where they need to go to in order to vote can call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (772) 226-3440, where four people are answering calls and providing directions to the new sites.

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