Early voting for the May primary began today, and Monroe County voters headed to new polling locations around the area. The new locations were established after the number of precincts in Monroe County increased from 63 to 82 following the 2010 Census.
The county’s population increased by 30,000 and a federal law caps how many people can vote in a precinct. Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins says they were required to establish a polling location in each of those precincts that would be accessible.
“Since we’re not a vote center county that we would have to find 82 locations that are compliant or ADA compliant for voting and that is just an almost impossible task,” Robbins says.
The election board co-located several precincts into the voting sites. Voting Clerk Larime Wilson says Monday’s voting proceeded without significant problems.
“At this satellite location it’s been fairly smooth we have our machines up and running,” she says. “We’ve had a fairly steady small stream of voters coming in.”
Wilson says all voting sites have plenty of parking and access for individuals who are disabled, and voters have the choice to vote by machine or paper ballot.
Satellite voting continues through April 27. The primary election is May 8.