Website may help alleviate voter confusionPublished 11:00pm Friday, September 14, 2012
When voters head to the polls Tuesday regarding the September 18 Amendment, they will need to report to their new voting precincts put in place by the 2012 redistricting plan for Pike County.
Voters in Pike County should pay special attention to voter identification cards mailed this week because even more changes in voting precincts have gone into effect as of the end of June.
According to Board of Registrars Chair Melissa Ingram, recent changes include the following: Banks Voting Center will serve county commission and county school districts 3 and 4; Ebenezer Voting Center will serve county commission and county school districts 3 and 4; and Henderson Voting Center will serve county commission and county school districts 4 and 6. The precinct at Mt. Pillar has been changed to Sweet Pilgram Church.
The establishment of voting centers in Banks, Ebenezer and Henderson and the change at Mt. Pillar was requested by the Pike County Commission for the convenience of voters after the redistricting plan was approved in January.
Voting Centers are a little different than traditional polling places, Ingram explained. When voters report to a location, they will be instructed to go to a specific portion of the building so they can vote in their proper district.
Ingram said she understands the changes are confusing for many, but she hopes a new website, pikecountyboardofregistrars.com, will help Pike County voters through the process.
When voters visit the website, there is a link labeled “Where Do I Vote.” A simple click there and then a quick input of name, birth date and county yield information about voting locations. There are even maps and photos under the “Voting Precincts” link to help voters navigate to the right spot on Tuesday.
Other useful features of the Board of Registrars’ site are links and information regarding election dates, absentee voting, voter status, restoring voter rights and poll workers.
“I hope that this will be helpful now, and when it is time for the general election in November,” Ingram said. “And if people have questions or suggestions, they should call us.”
If voters do not receive their voter identification card by Monday, or if they have any questions, they should call or visit the Board of Registrars office at the Pike County Courthouse. Ingram said visiting the website should also give voters the same information as a voter ID card when it comes to districts and polling locations.