BOCC examines possible SO move

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:49 PM.

“I don’t think it would work next to the jailhouse,” Smiley said, contending that would almost be a deterrent from voting for some, “suppressing the vote.”

Port St. Joe Commissioner Bo Patterson said the move would be inconvenient for some voters and would serve to dampen early voting, which is conducted at the Supervisor of Elections Office.

“I think it would definitely hurt early voting,” Patterson said. “It is now in a central location that a lot of people can get to easily.”

McLemore noted that with voting much easier these days, with absentee ballots and the ability to update registration information by phone, many voters need have little or no contact with the main elections office.

Commissioner Joanna Bryan suggested that the public be afforded the opportunity to speak on the issue.

She said commissioners should put the item on a future agenda to allow the public to weigh in.

“I do think it is a serious issue and there are pluses on both sides,” Bryan said.

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