BAY MINETTE — Approximately 10,000 voters in Baldwin County will find themselves voting at a different location in the upcoming primary election on May 24.At its Feb. 1 meeting, the Baldwin …
BAY MINETTE — Approximately 10,000 voters in Baldwin County will find themselves voting at a different location in the upcoming primary election on May 24.
At its Feb. 1 meeting, the Baldwin County Commission voted to approve changes in the Baldwin County voting precincts.
"We had to split several of the locations to alleviate the large number of voters at those locations," said Baldwin County Probate Judge Harry D'Olive.
In the Daphne/Lake Forest area, Baldwin County Voting Precinct No. 20 has been divided into two precincts with Ridgewood Drive being the dividing line north and south.
The area south of Ridgewood Drive is designated as Voting Precinct 20 (Daphne, Lake Forest South) while the area north of Ridgewood Drive is designated as new Voting Precinct No. 8 (Daphne, Lake Forest North).
Voting place for new voting Precinct 8 is St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 28788 N. Main St., Daphne. The voting place for voting Precinct No. 20 (Daphne, Lake Forest South) has been relocated from Daphne High School Trojan Hall to the Eastern Shore Baptist Church, 6847 Park Drive, Daphne.
"The Baldwin County Board of Education informed us that they were no longer able to use Trojan Hall because it created too much of a burden with school in session at the same time," D'Olive said.
In the Fairhope downtown area, Baldwin County Voting Precinct No. 42 has been divided into two precincts with Fairhope Avenue being the dividing line north and south.
The voting location at the Fairhope Civic Center, which included about 8,800 voters, was split to create Precinct 52, D'Olive said, with voting for the new precinct established at the First Baptist Church in Fairhope, moving about 4,000 voters.
Foley downtown Precinct 47 at the Foley First United Methodist Church included about 8,200 voters and was split to include new voting Precinct 3 at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Church, taking about 4,000 voters.
A new precinct was also created on Ono Island, taking 1,200 of the 8,700 registered voters from the Orange Beach Community Center, D'Olive said.
Two other precincts were consolidated to take away voting at school system properties in Stockton and Loxley/Ellisville.
Voting at the Old Vaughn School in Stockton was moved to the Stockton Civic Building, while voting at the Ellisville Community Center was moved to the Loxley Civic Center.
To view a map of the new precincts visit the Baldwin County website at baldwincountyal.gov