Early voting gets room of its own

Early voting

A new entrance for early voting has been created on the Fourth Street side of the Supervisor of Elections Office. Given heavy traffic during campaign season, the creation of a separate polling place for early voting was a priority for Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon.

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

Early voting in Port St. Joe has always created heavy traffic inside the Supervisor of Elections Office.

With the increase in number of voters taking advantage of early voting combined with the business of an election season – candidate paperwork, voter registration, maintaining registration books – the main entrance at the Elections Office could be, well, crowded.

But now those early voters have a place to call their own.

The transition began under former Supervisor of Elections Linda Griffin who asked the Board of County Commissioners to expand into the space in the old Health Department building on Long Avenue after Sacred Heart Rehabilitation moved to the hospital.

The request was granted and Griffin opened a wall and created a space for voting machines and ballot reader.

A counter and computers and shelves to handle ballots and sign-in for early voters arrived later and this year the BOCC approved work to open a door off Fourth Street, along with some additional parking to handle early voters.

“Whatever location you have set up for early voting that becomes a polling place,” said Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon. “Now we have created that separate polling place.

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