Mayville(7/8/13)-Chautauqua County Board of Elections Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram announced today that there will be 20% fewer county election districts this fall, with a reduction from 124 to 99 total districts. Also, there are five new poll sites for the county's 80,000 registered voters. Voters will be notified in late July of voting district and poll site assignments as part of the election board's annual mail check card sent to all county voters. A second mailing will be sent in October to any households whose poll site has changed or moved to fully communicate these changes. Also, two expanded notices will be published in October and November editions of the Post-Journal and OBSERVER.
"The reason for the reduction in election districts is to reduce voter confusion presented by having many districts at one poll site; we also want to take full advantage of cost savings available to us due to new voting equipment that will accommodate a significantly higher number of voters then the old lever voting machine technology," said Abram.
"We want to assure voters that we have moved cautiously with election district reductions," Green added. "Brian (Abram) and I are committed to a stress free voter experience on Election Day with minimal wait time to vote. "
The BOE run down of election district and poll site changes:
Busti: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 West Fairmount Ave. is the new voting location for all Lakewood Village voters and for some voters outside of the village's boundaries. Town election districts are reduced from eight to five.
Carroll: Election districts are reduced from three to two and voters will continue to vote at Frewsburg Fire Station (Blue Building).
Charlotte: Election districts are reduced from two to one and voters will continue to vote at Sinclairville Fire Station.
Chautauqua: Mayville United Methodist Church, 81 South Erie St. is the new voting location for all town and Mayville village voters. The town election districts are reduced from five to four.
Clymer: Election districts are reduced from two to one and voters will continue to vote at Abbe Reformed Church.
Dunkirk City: Election districts are reduced from thirteen to twelve and a minimal number of voters will need to be notified of new poll site assignments. Changes are due to legislature reapportionment and safety concerns relating to voters crossing city train tracks to vote. There are no poll site location changes in the city.
Ellery: Election districts are reduced from five to three, but voters will find no poll site changes.
Ellicott: Due to how new legislative district lines were drawn, Ellicott is the only town in the county that will find an increase in election districts from nine to ten. A new election district poll site was contracted at Girl Scout of WNY, 2661 Horton Rd. will service north Ellicott voters. Celoron Village voters will find a new poll site and will now be voting at the Celoron Community Building, 47 Dunham Ave.
Gerry: Election districts are reduced from two to one and voters will continue to vote at Gerry Fire Hall.
Hanover: Election districts are reduced from eight to five, but no voters will be changing poll sites.
Jamestown: City voters will see the most significant changes in the county as the total number of election districts were reduced from twenty-four to nineteen. A new poll site has also been secured at the Gateway Train Station, 211 Second St. , to replace two former sites. The significant changes in the city are related to major changes in County Legislature lines and poll site host changes. Affected voters will be notified of new poll site assignments in July and again in October.
Kiantone: Election districts are reduced from two to one to one and voters will continue to vote at Kiantone Community Building.
Pomfret: Election districts are reduced from ten to eight, but voters will continue to vote at their regular poll sites.
Ripley: Election districts are reduced from three to two and voters will continue to vote at Ripley Central School.
Sheridan: Election districts are reduced from three to two and Sheridan Town Community Center remains the town's voting site.
Stockton: Election Districts are reduced from three to two and voters will continue to vote at their regular poll sites.
Westfield: Election Districts are reduced from four to three and Eason Hall Auditorium remains the town's poll site.
The following towns will see no changes to poll site locations or the number of election districts for voters: Arkwright, Cherry Creek, Dunkirk Town, Ellington, French Creek, Harmony, Mina, North Harmony, Poland, Portland, Sherman and Villenova.
Voters can visit www.votechautauqua.com to look up their current registration information and poll site location. They may also call 753-4580 to contact the Board of Elections directly for questions.