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March 12, 2012

Board of elections makes precinct changes

Monday, March 12, 2012 — Voters in the Albemarle #7 precinct will visit the polls in a new location this year as the Stanly County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to change the polling place.

Prior to the board’s decision, East Albemarle Elementary served as the polling location for the Albemarle #7 precinct, but the location was changed due to accessibility concerns, according to Kim Wilson, director of the Stanly County Board of Elections.

Albemarle Middle School, located at 1811 Badin Road, was chosen as the alternate polling location, and the change was made official Thursday after being accepted by the state board of elections.

“East Albemarle had parking issues, but the middle school is more accessible. There is also adequate handicap parking,” Wilson said.

Wilson explained that the move will be a permanent change.

“We try not to keep changing precincts to a minimum as much as possible to make sure there is not a lot of confusion,” Wilson said.

The board also voted Tuesday to transfer the North Albemarle precinct to the Albemarle #2 precinct polling location at the Stanly County Commons Department of Social Services auditorium, 1000 N. First St., Albemarle.

A similar change was made during the 2010 voting cycle due to the lack of polling locations in the North Albemarle precinct.

The precinct polling location changes will become effective for the May 8 Primary Election. Voters being affected by the changes will receive notification cards in the mail.

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