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Monroe Co. Election Board To Decide Whether To Cut Polling Sites

Voters at booths during last day of early voting in Monroe County municipal elections 2019

(Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

With only 13 contested races in Monroe County’s upcoming November election, officials are considering whether to open polls at all precincts.

Monroe County Elections Supervisor Karen Wheeler is working to figure out exactly what the election could cost.

She says that figure will vary depending on whether the county holds elections for precincts with contested races, or for all precincts. If the county only holds an election for the contested races, there would be nine polling sites as opposed to the 21 used during the primary.

Wheeler says the election board is concerned holding elections for only the contested precincts will confuse voters.

“We will have an election no matter what, because we have two districts that need to have those races decided," she says. "It’s just how big of an election we will have, that’s kind of the question, and obviously money is a consideration."

Final decisions will be made by the election board members. Their next scheduled meeting will take place on August 1 at 1:00 p.m.

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