CLEARFIELD — Voters in Clearfield Borough’s 1st and 3rd wards may be casting their ballots in a new location in November.
At their work session Tuesday, the Clearfield County Commissioners received a request to relocate the polling locations.
Dawn Graham, director of elections, said the request was made to change the polling locations from the Clearfield Borough Fire Department on Cherry Street and the former Third Ward Hose House on Martin Street.
Graham said after careful consideration, the county elections office believes the best option to meet the needs for new polling places would be to move both to the Expo I Building at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds.
If approved, the precincts will remain separate with their own election boards, ballots and equipment. She said while both precincts will be located in the same building, the Expo I facility is large enough to accommodate setting up the precincts at opposite ends of the building. An additional benefit is the location is handicapped accessible and will provide ample parking.
Graham stressed that the decision to relocate the polling places is “not a done deal.” She said anyone with questions, comments or concerns, is asked to submit them to her in writing at 212 E. Locust St., Suite 106, Clearfield, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.
Graham said it is the county’s intent to have the request up for vote at the Tuesday, Aug. 27, commissioners meeting in order to allow the change to go into effect for the November election.
“This has been an ongoing issue,” Commissioner Joan Robinson-McMillen said. “We will take any and all comments into consideration before deciding to make the change official. We have had requests before and chose a location, but after hearing concerns from the voters, a different location was found.”
The commissioners also
• Appointed Paul McCloskey to replace Jamie Straub on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.
• Approved a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Grant interim final report.
• Appointed Michael Ordonez to the Central Pennsylvania Community Action board.
• Announced a vacancy on the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority.
• Approved a liquid fuels allocation for Lumber City Borough in the amount of $1,500.