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Voters face new polling places for Aug. 24 primary

Poll trainee Marion Alexander sets up a voting machine during the training led by the Supervisor of Elections office Thursday in Brooksville. The machines will be used in the upcoming primaries.

CHRIS PRICE | Special to the Times

Poll trainee Marion Alexander sets up a voting machine during the training led by the Supervisor of Elections office Thursday in Brooksville. The machines will be used in the upcoming primaries.

The changes "made some things a lot easier for us in the elections office. And hopefully they'll make things more accessible to voters.''

Annie Williams, supervisor of elections



BROOKSVILLE — The 2010 election is in full swing with thousands of absentee ballots already arriving in Hernando mailboxes, poll workers in training classes and candidates for federal state and local offices shifting into full campaign mode.

Hernando County's 122,293 registered voters will see a few differences as they prepare to exercise their rights to vote. Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams sent out notices this week to inform the community of those changes.

Among those affected the most will be voters in Sterling Hill, now Precinct 57, who will be voting for the first time at Sterling Hill Clubhouse South. Sterling Hill residents will also be voting for the first time for representatives to serve on their Community Development District board.

Other polling place changes will affect voters in precincts 11, 24, 29, 48 and 56.

Voters in Precinct 11 will move to the new South Brooksville Community Center while those in Precinct 24 will cast ballots in the new building at Christian Church in the Wildwood.

Dayspring Presbyterian Church is the new site for voters in Precinct 29 while voters in Precincts 48 and 56 will now cast ballots at the YMCA of the Suncoast.

The changes, Williams said, "made some things a lot easier for us in the elections office. And hopefully they'll make things more accessible to voters.''

Some of those changes will help Williams trim her expenses this year because combining precincts means fewer poll workers and using sites that don't require payment helps with both voting day and poll worker training expenses.

Williams was under fire last year from county commissioners who urged her to trim her budget and suggested that she seek volunteer poll workers. She will be using about 500 poll workers this year, a reduction from about 600 last year.

Another savings is from a new system called "Ballot on Demand,'' which prints a ballot as it is needed so the elections office hasn't had to buy and stockpile ballots it may or may not need for the elections.

"We only pay for what we use,'' she said. "I like that.''

The elections office is still accepting requests for absentee ballots. Voters do not need a special reason for an absentee ballot and requests can be made by phone at (352) 754-4125 or by fax at (352) 754-4425.

When requesting by fax, certain information must be provided: The voter's name, signature, date of birth, address, phone number, home address, the address where the voter wants the ballot mailed to as well as the election the voter is requesting.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Fast facts

Voter precinct changes

Precinct 57 — A new precinct created for Sterling Hill residents with voting at Sterling Hill Clubhouse South, 4250 Sterling Hill Blvd., Spring Hill.

Precinct 11 — Now votes at South Brooksville Community Center, 601 E. Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville.

Precinct 24 — Now votes in the new building at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 9531 Country Road, Weeki Wachee.

Precinct 29 — Now votes at Dayspring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Precincts 48 and 56 — Now vote at YMCA of the Suncoast, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Important dates

Monday is the last day to register or change party affiliation.

Aug. 9 through Aug. 22: Early voting from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the elections office, 40 N. Main St., Room 165, in Brooksville, and the branch office at 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Aug. 18: Last date to request an absentee ballot to be mailed out for the primary.

Aug. 24: Primary election day, polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Where to call

For information, contact the Supervisor of Elections office:

Phone: (352) 754-4125

Website: www.hernandovotes.com

E-mail: awilliams@hernando

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Voters face new polling places for Aug. 24 primary 07/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 8:44pm]
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