The Jones County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing July 23 at the fire station in East Juliette to listen to the concerns of voters. Thirty-three of the 153 eligible voters registered at the Sanders precinct signed in at the meeting.
Voter turnout in the most recent election, which was in March of 2013 to renew the Board of Education’s one-cent sales tax, was low with five voters casting ballots. That number was 36 for the 2012 presidential primary.
Commission Board Chairman Preston Hawkins greeted the crowd and stated that nothing is in concrete. He explained the closing of the precinct is a proposal made by the county’s election superintendent, Marion Hatton.
Hatton stated that she has supervised the county’s elections for 15 years, and it is her duty to select and change polling places as needed.
“The changes I have made haven’t always been popular, but they have been the right thing to do,” she stated.
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