Many polling places consolidated in Davis County

Apr 1 2012 - 10:56pm

FARMINGTON -- Scheduling a majority of the June 26 primary and Nov. 6 general election polling locations at schools allows Davis County clerks to consolidate and save the county thousands of dollars in poll-sitter costs.

There will be 711 workers assigned to the polls for the 2012 election, Davis County Election Coordinator Pat Beckstead said.

That figure is down from the 1,100 poll workers the county used during the 2008 presidential election, Beckstead said.

Davis County poll workers receive between $150 and $210 a day depending on their position, Beckstead said.

Based on those figures, conservatively, the county is saving $6,000 in personnel costs for the June and November elections.

The Davis County Commission approved the 65 poll locations for the June 26 primary.

Beckstead said she anticipates having to add only one additional poll location to that number for the Nov. 6 general election.

"We're trying to have as little disruption as possible between the primary and general election polling locations," she told the commission.

By placing the majority of the poll locations within a school, Beckstead said, the county has the space it needs to consolidate voting precincts.

The county, in most cases, has set out to utilize those schools' parking lots for voters, Beckstead said.

"Parking is one of the concerns. (Because it is) a presidential election we need the parking," she said.

To avoid confusing voters by changing their previous poll locations, Beckstead said, the county is making every effort to keep poll locations as they were during the 2008 presidential election.

To reduce crowds, clerks are also encouraging the public to vote by mail or vote early.

"Early voting takes a lot of heat off of us," Beckstead said.

The goal is to have one-third of the public vote by mail, one-third to vote early and the final one-third to go to the polls on election day, Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.

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