Proposal would create new Hamilton Crossing district, move polls to Cassville Baptist Church
Members of the Bartow County Board of Elections and Voter Registration voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to publicize a proposed voting precinct change ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Bartow County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk said the proposal would halve the current Cassville voting district into two distinct precincts.
“We need to split this precinct back to the way it used to be because of the size of the facility,” he said, “not to mention the space requirements of the new voting system.”
The redrawn Cassville district will have a new polling place, Cassville Baptist Church, located at 1663 Cassville Road. The center at 33 Beavers Drive will remain the polling place for a newly created district, which would be known as the Hamilton Crossing precinct.
Bartow County Assistant Elections Supervisor Cheryl Billard said both locations would be slightly smaller than the current polling place in Adairsville.
“So it’s a very, very manageable size,” she said.
Advertisements for the proposed precinct change have to circulate for 30 days before the board can vote to officially authorize the revised districts. Kirk said a formal board vote on the matter is lined up for an Oct. 12 public meeting, currently scheduled for 3 p.m at 1300 Joe Frank Harris Parkway.
“Both are good facilities, both can handle the crowds we’re expecting,” he said. “We will do everything we can to advertise to the public … we’ll send everyone a precinct card and let them know what their precinct is.”
Directions will also be printed out for the Election Day crowds.
“So anyone who shows up at the wrong poll can be directed to the right poll as easily as possible,” he said.
Kirk also said the local elections office is considering having workers “out in the field, close to the current polling place” on Nov. 3 to make sure voters are at the correct site.
As the proposal heads to the public comment phase, Kirk said he doesn’t anticipate receiving many complaints from local voters.
“It really is a change for the better,” he said. “And this falls under our emergency provisions … we have to do this, we cannot go through a presidential election at the current facility numbers we have there right now.”