Franklin Co. Moving Voting Precinct Consolidation Hearing

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A change in the location for a scheduled public hearing regarding the Franklin County Board of Elections’ plan to consolidate voting precincts.

The hearing was originally set for August 6 at 6 p.m. at the Elections and Registrations Office in Carnesville.

Now, Franklin County Elections Superintendent Tess Eubanks has announced that while the date and time remain the same; it will now take place at the Franklin County Justice Center on Highway 145 in Carnesville.

Last month, Eubanks told the Franklin County Commission that the elections board voted in March to consolidate precincts from the current 13 down to four based on Franklin County’s four county commission districts.

The move would save Franklin County over $5,000 per election.

For the past month, the elections board has solicited input from Franklin County voters.

According to Eubanks, voters think it is a good way to try to save Franklin County money. However, voters worry that elderly will not be able to make it to the new polling place.

Eubanks said that while the elections board was to consolidate precincts, the four-district plan presented last month is not set in stone.

She added that the board looked a number of plans and is open to other ideas or suggestions.