Franklin Co. Tabling Consolidation of Voting Precincts Until After Municipal Elections

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The Franklin County Board of Elections is discussing whether to hold a straw poll on the issue of precinct consolidation.

At its meeting earlier this month, the Franklin County Board of Elections heard from Franklin County Democratic Party Head Sheila Spencer.

She asked if the plan to consolidate precincts could be put on the ballot for voters to decide.

Franklin County Elections Superintendent Tess Eubanks said the elections board consulted with County Attorney Bubba Samuels, who says it could be done if the Franklin County Republican Party agreed.

According to Eubanks, it could happen in one of two ways.

She said if they can agree on the wording, it can be put on the primary ballot as a straw poll or the Elections Board could petition the State Legislature to have legislation passed to have it put on the ballot.

Eubanks said nothing was decided by the board at their meeting.

She added the Elections Board is still considering consolidating FranklinCounty’s 13 precincts down to seven, keeping poling places in all five municipalities and in two rural parts of the county.

The board is not obligated under Georgia law to get voter approval before going through with consolidation.

However, Eubanks did say the board has temporarily tabled the consolidation issue until after the municipal elections in November.