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Jefferson County changing the way people vote
By Jennifer Gordy, KFDM News
Voting on Election Day will be much easier from now on for Jefferson County voters. Jefferson County Commissioners are paving the way to make precinct voting a thing of the past. "If you work outside the city where you live, why should you have to come back to the city just to vote?" says Carolyn Guidry, Jefferson County Clerk.
Monday Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously agreed with County Clerk Carolyn Guidry to apply for a permanent designation of the Countywide Polling Location Program for Jefferson County. Once approved by the Secretary of State, voters in Jefferson County will be able to vote at any polling place on election day. The county tried out the program temporarily last November and this March. "The voters really like it, like the March 4th election, 30 percent of the voters on election day voted outside their polling locations," stated Guidry. Which is why many prefer to vote early.
Jefferson County voter Katharine Alford says, "I would like that because of work. When you work until 5 or 5:30 and you're trying to rush to get to your location to vote on that day. That's why I like early voting because I can go anywhere and vote."
Election judge Dora Nisby says she thinks the move will increase voter turnout and decrease voter frustration, "because I have seen voters frustrated when they have been turned away from a voting location that's not their precinct."
Which won't happen in the future if the county's application for county wide voting is approved.