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Spring Hill elections office closes to process paperwork

SPRING HILL — The Spring Hill elections office has been closed until further notice so the staff can attack the mountain of post-election paperwork.

The workers who staff the office on Forest Oaks Boulevard are needed in the Brooksville office to help prepare final reports due to the state, said operations director Liz Townsend.

One of the biggest tasks, Townsend said, is checking the documents voters filled out on Election Day to update their information. Staffers must make sure poll workers entered the information correctly.

It's unclear how long the Spring Hill office will remain closed, Townsend said.

"People don't realize what needs to take place behind the scenes," she said.

In past elections, there were enough employees to keep both offices open and process the paperwork. With a smaller budget and staff, that's no longer possible, Townsend said. Including Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams, there are now eight full-time workers on staff.

Residents on the west side of the county who want to register to vote can do so in person at the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Tax Collector's Office, both in the same plaza, Townsend noted.

Voter registration forms also can be filled out online and mailed to the elections office. Changes of address for current voters may be made on the Web, too. The website is hernando votes.com.

The main elections office at the Hernando County Government Center in downtown Brooksville remains open during normal business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Spring Hill office remained closed for about seven weeks after the August primary, but that was because workers not only were processing post-election work, but also preparing for last week's general election, Townsend said.

Townsend, a Democrat, sought to succeed the retiring Williams, but lost a tight race to Republican Shirley Anderson. Anderson takes over the first week of January and has said she will keep current employees at least through a 90-day review period.

Tony Marrero can be reached at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1431. On Twitter: @TMarreroTimes and @HernandoTimes.

Spring Hill elections office closes to process paperwork 11/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:39pm]
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