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6 Richmond County Voting Precincts To Close

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Monday night, the Board of Elections decided whether to close 6 precincts, which will affect more than 13,000 voters.

2 of those polling sites are in senior living facilities, and the people who live there are not happy with this change.

Mary Wolfe has lived at St. John Towers for about 4 years, and during that time she has been able to vote there on Election Day, but on Monday night, the Board of Elections decided to close St. John Towers as a polling site, much to the displeasure of the building's residents.

"For them to take it out, I think it's heartless. They shouldn't do that. We need that voting poll to stay in St. John Towers," Wolfe said.

The new precinct plan will require the residents at St. John Towers to go to another polling site three quarters of a mile away, but for a lot of the residents, that's a problem.

"They're not going to get as many now, if they close it up. There's not going to be many people to vote. Those people are not going to come out. Because a lot of them are in big mobile chairs and they can't move themselves around," Wolfe said.

NAACP President Dr. Charles Smith also opposes the precinct changes because it would be inconvenient for the senior citizens to travel somewhere else to vote.

"We still need to realize that these individuals' rights are technically being violated. This is voter suppression if one vote is not counted that is normally counted in St. John and Peabody Towers," Smith said.

But the Board of Elections says the residents at St. John Towers and Peabody Apartments can vote early or by mail if they can't do so on Election Day.

"This was in no way trying minimize or their right to vote or the importance of their vote," Board Chairman Sanford LLoyd said.

But the residents say they are going to keep fighting for a polling site at St. John Towers and Peabody Apartments.

"I'm hoping that it's going to continue. They are going to work something out. I feel sure they are going to work something out for us," Wolfe said.

The Board of Elections also talked about the election date for Augusta mayor and county commissioners. Although the board doesn't have an exact date yet, the election will happen on May 20th or July 15th.

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