Council to address polling places

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Demopolis City Council is scheduled to vote whether to consolidate polling places for municipal elections at its regular meeting today.

The proposal, made more than a month ago, would centralize municipal elections at the civic center.

The plan has proven unpopular with residents in districts 1 and 2, who view the move as an added hardship on districts where it&8217;s already difficult to get out the vote, District 1 Councilman Thomas Moore said.

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Moore said that the voters in his district were worried that overcrowding at the civic center &8212; where District 1 votes &8212; would turn away elderly voters who may just not want to deal with the crowds.

The plan was proposed by poll workers Alice Boggs and Ann Hunter, and was immediately met with resistance from voters.

Boggs said she would not be present at the council&8217;s vote tonight.

In other business, the council will:

Receive an update on the dilapidated houses list

Listen to a proposal for city firefighters to partner with the Choctaw County EMA

Receive a recommendation on the Newell Building from the building committee

Vote whether to renew the West Alabama Mental Health contract

Hear a request to furnish Fire Station No. 3

Receive elected offical travel expense reports

Discuss the 2008 sales tax holiday

Hear citizen complaints

Receive updates on several projects, including the municipal complex, Fire Station No. 3 and the Riverwalk project

The meeting is at 5:15 p.m. at Rooster Hall.