The Jackson County Commission revealed its new voting precinct map at its work session on Monday afternoon.
The Jackson County Commission voted to approve the consolidation of several voting precincts across the county at its meeting on May 13. Voters from Hambrick Community Center and Hollytree Grocery will vote at the Princeton Fire Hall.
Bishop Hall’s Store voters will now vote at the Estill Fork Fire Hall. The Garth precinct will move to the Trenton Fire Hall. Aspel voters will vote at the Limrock Fire Hall, and Christian Home will be consolidated with the Flat Rock Community Center. Holly Springs voters will now vote at Pleasant Grove Community Center.
The Commission will have to vote to approve the map at its next meeting for the consolidation of these precincts to be official. The consolidation of these precincts will take effect next election. Voters will cast their ballots at their new precincts in March 2020.
Voting precincts has been a topic of discussion at Jackson County Commission meetings over the last several months. Several citizens have attended commission meetings to discuss issues they had with the consolidation of certain voting precincts.
At the May 13 meeting, District 4 Commissioner Mike Sisk said that it is going to be a hardship, but he understands why the county has to consolidate the precincts.
District 1 Commissioner Danny Rich said the commission is doing what they have to do because they will soon be operating in the red. County officials estimate that consolidating the precincts will save Jackson County around $20,000.
“We’re going to have to cut costs, and this is going to be the best way to do it,” said Commission Chairman Tim Guffey.
Guffey originally proposed to close eight precincts around Jackson County, but the commission decided to close just six. The precincts were decided based on number of voters in past elections.