In a statement on social media, the Richland County Board of Elections has provided several reminders about the last week of voting in the county in the general election.
In its release, the Board emphasized that details about new polling locations are not recent changes, but those which have changed since the last election due to COVID-19 related factors.
Changes include the following:
This change was made in Perry Township during the Primary Election of 2020, and has now been finalized as a permanent change.
The previous voting location was at County Meadow Care Center, 4910 Algire Rd., Bellville; the new location is at the Perry Township Hall, 6236 Darlington N. Rd., Bellville. The reason for this change is the fact that the Secretary of State has ordered that no polling places should be in nursing homes.
Mifflin B and E precincts:
The previous voting location was at the Mifflin Township Fire Station, 2326 St. Rt. 430; the new location is at the Mansfield Freewill Baptist Church, 998 Laver Road. The Mifflin Township Fire Chief requested that we not use their facility for voting purposes due to the pandemic.
Shelby 4-A and 4-B precincts:
The previous location was at the Kehoe Center, 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby; the new location is at Awake Church, 3616 St. Rt. 39, Shelby. The reason for this change was the fact that the Kehoe Center implemented a health screening policy for any visitors to their facility due to the coronavirus, and it isn’t feasible or legal to force voters to be required to submit to this screening in order to exercise their right to vote.
Voters in all of these precincts have been notified by mail of their new polling location name and address. The Board does not expect to make any other revisions unless an emergency situation would arise.
Early In-Person Voting: Voters are reminded as well that early in-person voting will end on Monday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM. Voters who wait until Monday to vote early may experience some traffic congestion in the parking area on that day. In addition to Early Voting until two o’clock, poll workers will be picking up their supplies and large trucks delivering our voting equipment to the polling places will be in and out of the parking area during the day.
After 2:00 PM on November 2, voters must go to the polls to cast their ballot on Election Day, November 3 from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM. If voters are not sure of their polling location, please contact the Richland County Board of Elections at 419.774.5530. We would suggest calling the office this week, as the lines will be extremely busy on Election Day.
The last day to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, October 31 at noon. Early Voting hours this week are as follows: