GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the past few years, voters that live near downtown Greensboro have come here to the Guilford County Schools administration building on West Washington Street to cast their votes.
However recently, the Guilford County Board of Elections figured a change was necessary.
“The board of elections has to move a polling place from one place to another for various reasons. We had to do that this year for a couple of precincts,” said Charlie Collicutt, Director of the Guilford County Board of Elections.
“We are going to have a lot of early voting, but these polling places are going to get big too and to fit the resources to handle the amount of voters we are going to have we are going to need large rooms with adequate parking,” he went on to explained.
The board decided to move from their previously cramped space, which was barely ADA accessible, to less than a half a mile away to a bigger location at Greensboro College’s Reynolds Center.
“It’s not far. It might move it away from some voters, but there are some voters that are still very close to that,” Collicutt stated.
More than 2,000 registered voters in precincts in both the downtown and southwest areas of Greensboro were sent post cards as a heads up of the change.
However, instead of the board making the decision to move those in the southwest precinct, they were left to find a new location.
“It doesn’t happen often, but every year we have 1,2,3,4 polling places we have to change either for logistics or the church or other private facilities no longer wish to host us,” Collicutt said.
For those registered voters living in the southwest area, they will now be able to go to Jamestown Presbyterian Church.
People with questions can call the board of elections office at (336) 641-3836 or go to their website (http://www.myguilford.com/elections/).