Voting precinct changes could get Cobb commissioner nod

Marjorie Carroll, of Marietta, votes during the Georgia primaries at the East Cobb Government Service Center on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Marietta. About 9,600 Cobb voters could have their voting precincts changed if county commissioners approve recommendations from the Cobb County Board of Elections Registration at their meeting Feb. 13, 2018. /File-Emily Selby

MARIETTA — Cobb voters in two portions of the county may have new polling places to visit this spring.

County commissioners will consider Tuesday approving several polling location changes being proposed by Cobb Elections Director Janine Eveler and the Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration. Many of the changes are being proposed because two sites have chosen to no longer serve the county in the electoral role.

None of the precinct changes will change any voter’s representative at the city, county, state or federal levels, Eveler said.

Fair Oaks United Methodist Church on Joyner Avenue, just south of Austell Road and west of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, had been the location of the Fair Oaks 05 precinct, while the Fair Oaks 01 precinct had been hosted at Open Bible Tabernacle on Lorene Drive off Austell Road and northeast of Windy Hill Road. Both voting sites would be dissolved as part of the moves.

Absorbing affected voters from Fair Oaks United Methodist would be the Windy Hill Community Center and the Fair Oaks Recreation Center, while voters who once cast ballots at Open Bible Tabernacle would instead go to either Milford Baptist Church or the Fair Oaks Recreation Center. Some other neighboring precincts would also see voters shift to nearby voting locations as part of the moves.

“We’re really just consolidating some areas so we can reduce by two polling locations which are no longer available,” Eveler said.

One final proposed change would to combine voters from two west Cobb polling locations. Voters who once casted their ballots at Lewis Elementary would instead go to McClure Middle on Old Stilesboro Road, a change that had been recommended for voter convenience and easier election administration, according to county documents.

In all, the changes would affect about 9,600 registered voters, and would drop the total number of county voting precincts from 144 to 141.

If approved by commissioners, the changes will be in effect for the May 22 general primary, with affected voters to be sent a new precinct card in the coming weeks but prior to 30 days before the election, Eveler said.

Those who are not registered as voters have until April 24 to do so to take part in the primary.

Voters can find their polling place through the Georgia Secretary of State’s office at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Cobb Government Building.

Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration

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