Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Officials in one central Ohio county have cut nearly half of its voting locations to curb costs.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/19h52uR ) that Licking County is among a number of counties that have recently consolidated polling places and eliminated precincts.
Licking County is doing away with 30 precincts and more than 20 polling locations. Seven precincts serving villages with fewer than 200 voters were consolidated with other locations. The move is expected to save $20,000.
The newspaper reports Fairfield County cut 20 precincts early last year, while Madison County dropped from 43 precincts to 27. Delaware and Union counties saw smaller downsizing.
Franklin County, home to Columbus, plans to eliminate 12 polling locations through consolidation for the upcoming election. The change will force about 28,000 voters to new sites.