October 31, 2014

Medina
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New polling locations tripping up some voters

MEDINA TWP. — Medina County Board of Elections officials say they are getting calls from voters confused about where to cast their ballot on Nov. 6.

Many of the callers are voters in 13 precincts in the northern and southern portions of the county who will vote at polling places that have moved since the March primary, said Carol Gurney, deputy elections director.

“People are calling, saying they got a card saying their voting location changed but they don’t remember where it is,” Gurney said. “Or they talk to their neighbors and heard their location changed.”

Those who go to the wrong precinct won’t be turned away, but instead will be given provisional ballots, which would not be counted until it is verified they are registered voters.

The board of elections last month released a list of precinct changes since the March election.

In addition to the 13 precincts that have changed polling places since the primary, there are many other changes since last year’s general election, including a reduction in the number of precincts in the county from 151 to 117.

Gurney said there is no comprehensive list of changes available.

In addition to calling the board, she said voters can check online with the Ohio secretary of state’s office at sos.state.oh.us to find their assigned voting place.

Gurney said another option for those unsure of where to vote is to come to the board of elections office, 4210 N. Jefferson St., and vote early.

Early voting hours are:

• 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Nov. 1.

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

• 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

NEW POLLING LOCATIONS

The following precincts have changed polling locations since the March primary:

Brunswick Hills Township

Precinct A — Hope Church, 1905 Pearl Road, Brunswick.

Precinct F — Hope Church, 1905 Pearl Road, Brunswick.

Montville Township

Precinct F — Rustic Hills Country Club, 5399 River Styx Road.

Sharon Township

Precinct A — Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth.

Precinct D — Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth.

Wadsworth Township

Precinct A — BayBerry Estates, Clubhouse, at Castle Haven Way and Arcadia St. (driveway entrance is off Arcadia St.).

Precinct C — Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth.

Wadsworth city

Precinct 1-C — Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road.

Precinct 1-D — Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road.

Precinct 1-E — Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road.

Precinct 2-D — Church of the Nazarene, 743 High St.

Precinct 3-C — Center for Older Adults, 138 High St.

Precinct 4-C — Church of the Nazarene, 743 High St.

Contact Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.