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Supervisors approve voting precinct change

Pearl River County’s Board of Supervisors approved a motion to move the Picayune District 2 precinct to the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library during Monday’s meeting.

Previously, the precinct was located across the street at Chimney Square, said Circuit Clerk Nance Stokes. The election commissioners wanted the precinct location moved because the room people voted in was very small, Stokes said. With the county’s new voting machines, voters will need even more space, Stokes said.

The Board approved the one-time purchase of a new turnkey election system during the May 22 meeting for $269,000, said County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin. The old machines were traded in as part of the purchase of the new system, Lumpkin said.

Stokes said the election commissioners performed accuracy testing on the new voting equipment last week. The new machines will utilize paper ballots, so there will need to be tables for voters to use as they sit and cast their votes, she said.

All voters affected by the precinct’s location change will be mailed new voter registration cards in the next couple of weeks, Stokes said. Approximately 1,900 voters are affected by the change, she said.

The Board also awarded Poplarville High School graduate Logan Santiago with the Mississippi Association of Supervisors County Employee Scholarship. However, Santiago had to turn down the scholarship because it only applies to schools in Mississippi and he already accepted a nomination from Congressman Steven Palazzo to the Air Force Academy, said Chancery Clerk Melinda Bowman.