Plan for a single, central polling place might work
One of the latest plans to streamline government in Minot is to establish one, central polling place – at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
We’ll see how that goes over.
That being said, there are a lot of good reasons to part with the old ways, the days when Minot had 17 precincts, all needing poll workers to facilitate voting.
With one central polling place, a lot fewer people would be needed. That was just one of the pluses City Finance Director David Lakefield pointed out Wednesday at a Minot City Council meeting.
Other reasons for proposing a single site versus four as the city currently has include:
– difficulty in finding handicapped accessible polling places.
– difficulty in finding polling places because schools and many churches no longer are available.
– overlapping of boundaries of different voting districts, such as legislative, schools and city.
– reduces the chance and the inconveniences that occur if someone goes to a wrong polling place.
– reduces the cost of an election.
It’s hard to argue with such compelling reasons, especially that last one – saving money. It’s something both the city and county need to chip away at in any way they can without shortchanging taxpayers.
Council members voted 7-0 to return a favorable response to the plan submitted by the county auditor’s office. The proposal still requires a final decision by the county.
The best part of this cost-saving idea as opposed to some others, like a new garbage collection plan for instance, is that it can be reversed immediately if it doesn’t work as envisioned, or if voters decide they just don’t like it.