Voting precinct in East Alabama changed ahead of upcoming election

Dorchester County voters are headed to the polls on Tuesday. (Source: AP)
Dorchester County voters are headed to the polls on Tuesday. (Source: AP)
Updated: Oct. 9, 2018 at 8:17 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The County Commission in Lee County, Alabama voted to change a polling location less than 30 days from the upcoming election in November.

Polling precincts at Wacoochee School in Salem and Beauregard High School were voted on Tuesday night.

The commission voted to change the precinct at Beauregard High School due to construction causing safety concerns and a lack of parking. Voters will now vote at the Providence Church fellowship hall.

According to Commissioner Robert Ham, it’s too dangerous to continue to vote at Wacoochee because the voting takes place in the middle of the school and people are constantly walking in and out of the school. However, Wacoochee was not changed.

“I personally looked at it as an attempt to actually restrict voting. The last election in our district was decided by six votes so this can change the results of an election,” said Brian McGee, candidate for House District 38.

According to Alabama law, polling locations cannot be changed less than 90 days before an election unless there is an emergency situation at the precinct.


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