Voters in the third district will have a new voting location this year.
The DeKalb County Election Commission voted Monday night to move the voting precinct from the Middle School to the Smithville Church of God Fellowship Hall on West Broad Street in Smithville.
The move means no school will be used for voting, freeing up the facilities for school days or teacher training. Voting was moved from Smithville Elementary School two years ago when the DeKalb County Complex opened on South Congress Boulevard.
“We have been looking to move this precinct for some time due to conflicts with the school system and due to safety issues," said Walteen Parker, Election Commission Chairman. “We want to thank Pastor Jeff Armstrong and the Church for agreeing to allow the facility to be used for voting.”
“We also want to thank the local school system for allowing us to use the various schools throughout the past years," Parker added. “School system personnel worked with us in securing the site and for that we are appreciative.”
The move becomes effective with the upcoming May primary elections.
In the coming weeks the election commission will mail letters to active voters in the district notifying them of the change.