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The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has delayed a decision on whether to move two Westmoreland County polling places. The board will hold a public hearing on whether or not to move the Districts 1 and 4 polling locations at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 10.
The Westmoreland County Electoral Board and General Registrar Kirstin Hicks want to move the District 1 polling place from its current location at the Cople District Fire Station to the Carmel United Methodist Church at 9463 Cople Highway in Hague.
Hicks and the electoral board also want to move the District 4 polling location from its current location at the Oak Grove Fire Station to the Washington District Elementary School at 454 Oak Grove Rd. in Colonial Beach.
“There has long been a need for an alternative to using the Cople District Fire Station,” Hicks told the board in a letter last week. “Adequate lighting, heating and cooling are issues that our elections officers must deal with during every election.”
Hicks said, “The Oak Grove Fire Station has also not been particularly suitable as a polling place due to heating and cooling inconsistencies and because the firemen are often walking through the polling area to their meeting room, office or kitchen.”
Members of the board of supervisors and some citizens have raised questions about the proposed polling place relocations. At the board’s meeting this month, Supervisor W.W. Hynson urged the board to table a vote on the polling location changes until he has time to talk with the fire departments involved and his constituents.
Hicks said that although the polling location changes do not need Justice Department approval, since Virginia is no longer under the requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, any change in locations needs to be in place by May 1.