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Though no votes to count, elections office still busy

There was no election in Citrus County on Tuesday. Still, workers at the Supervisor of Elections office were plenty busy.

The main task these days is revising precinct boundary lines and changing some voting locations. The goal, as always, is convenience for voters.

Susan Gill, who leads the elections office, is asking the county's 78,000-plus registered voters to help her make those changes. She asks that anyone with questions or comments call Maureen Baird at 637-9912.

The new precinct boundaries will take effect next year on Sept. 1, when the county's first primary election is held. The second primary will be Oct. 1, with the general election set for Nov. 3.

The staff already has some changes in mind.

For example, voters who live within the city limits of Inverness and Crystal River now vote in several different precincts, and thus several different polling places.

Gill and her staff have proposed creating new precincts that follow the cities' boundaries.

That way, voters in those cities would vote in the same place for city and county elections. In Crystal River, that polling place would be City Hall; for Inverness voters, the polls would be set up at First Baptist Church on Seminole Avenue.

Changes might be in store for voters in the Floral City and Istachatta area, where part of the large Precinct 8 territory will be split away.

Plans also are in the works to create a new Beverly Hills precinct, with the polling place at the Central Ridge Library, at Roosevelt and Forest Ridge boulevards.

In other election news, Gill and her staff recently preached the merits of voting at Citrus High School.

Voter registration forms were completed by 209 members of the senior class there. Those students saw a demonstration of the new Accu-Vote Election System. The elections office will mail the students their voter registration cards when they turn 18.