2017-07-19 / Front Page

Three Millen polling locations consolidated

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Three polling places located within the city limits of Millen are being consolidated into one. The polling places affected are the Jenkins County Elementary School, Jenkins County Courthouse and Jenkins County Senior Citizens Center.

Electors who previously cast their election ballots at the Jenkins County Elementary School and Jenkins County Courthouse will now vote at the Jenkins County Senior Citizens Center. Electors who previously cast their ballots at the Senior Citizens Center will continue to do so.

The three polling places were consolidated into one upon request of Jenkins County Election Superintendent Wanda Burke.

She submitted her request to the Jenkins County Commissioners, Jenkins County Board of Education and Jenkins County Board of Registrars. Additionally, the Georgia Elections Division was also notified and a Public Hearing on the matter was held on June 12th, after having been advertised in The Millen News for three consecutive weeks. There were no objections, questions or concerns filed or expressed during the Public Hearing and the consolidation of polling places was approved.

Mrs. Burke noted problems at both the Jenkins County Elementary School and Jenkins County Courthouse prompted her request for consolidation of polling places. Problems encountered at the Jenkins County Elementary School included: vandalism, must use a port-a-potty, no central heat/air, limited voting space, unpaved parking area, unsecured location, no Internet access, roof leaks, possible mold and mildew, unreliable cell phone service, no plumbing, no windows and insufficient barrier space. Problems at the Courthouse were cited as being inadequate parking/area during Court, limited voting area and noise pollution in Courthouse office.

Mrs. Burke explained that the Senior Citizens Center building provided a sufficient paved parking, a large voting area, central heat and air, lighting, Internet access, public restrooms, kitchen and is handicap accessible.

The Jenkins County Registrars will ensure that each affected elector receives an updated registration card showing their new polling location. Additionally, on the first Election Day following the change, a notice of the change will be posted on the previous polling places and other locations in the vicinity of them.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Mrs. Burke at the office of the Jenkins County Probate Judge at the Jenkins County Courthouse or call 478-982-5581.

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