The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a reduction of the total number of voting precincts in the county as a cost saving move. The action was taken at the Tuesday morning meeting of the supervisors.
The number of precincts will go from the current 11 down to seven, with an additional voting location in each case being the auditor's office for absentee ballots.
The number of poll workers needed for each election will decrease because of the fewer election sites. The poll locations and precinct borders approved were recommended by the Cherokee County Auditor's Office after a study of the demographics.
They are the Aurelia Community Center, the Marcus Municipal Building, the Quimby Community Center, the Cherokee County Courthouse and three locations in the Cherokee Community Center.
The three precincts in Cherokee correspond to the three wards in the city. Bonnie Ebel, county auditor, said city council members are considering the possibility of eliminating wards in Cherokee but, by law, this cannot be done until after the next census, which takes place in 2010.
If this happens, the county would be free to eliminate two more precincts. Cherokee City Council members would all be elected at-large rather than the present arrangement of two elected at-large and one each from the three wards.