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Polling places set to change

WARREN — Some voters in Girard and Liberty are having their polling locations changed for the May 4 primary, with the Liberty move permanent.

The relocation of some voters in Girard is just for the primary election as portions of the community is in the Liberty school district. The school district has a tax levy on the primary ballot.

The move is to save money because with a small number of voters in those precincts, it’s less expensive to have them in other polling locations that already are going to be open for the primary, Stephanie Penrose, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, said.

Voters in all of the impacted precincts will be sent letters about the polling locations being moved as well as absentee ballot applications, she said at Tuesday’s board meeting.

There are 39 voters in Girard Precinct 1A and 22 in Girard Precinct 2A who are in the Liberty school district. The polling location is being moved from the Avon Oaks Ballroom, 1401 N. State St., to the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave. They’re about 3 miles apart.

The center is open for the Girard City Council’s 4th Ward Democratic primary.

“It would be ridiculous to open a place as big as Avon Oaks for so few people,” Penrose said. “That’s assuming everyone shows up. I can’t justify the expense.”

Also, voters in Liberty Precincts A and L will no longer vote at the Liberty Assembly of God, 6779 Belmont Ave., because the church no longer wants to be used as a polling location, Penrose said.

The new location, effective with the primary, is the New Light Christian Fellowship, 2088 Tibbetts Wick Road. The two locations are about 1.8 miles apart, Penrose said.

There are 653 registered voters in Precinct A and 567 in Precinct L, she said.

Signs will be posted outside the three old polling locations the day of the primary to inform voters about the new sites, Penrose said.

DEPUTY SEARCH

The board met Tuesday to discuss the ongoing deputy director search for about 20 minutes in executive session.

“The intention is we’ll revisit this in the next week or so,” said Mark Alberini, who was reappointed board chairman Tuesday. “We do feel it is a necessary position for operations at the board.”

The job has been vacant since the Dec. 31 retirement of Ron Massullo, a Democrat. His successor must also be a Democrat as Penrose is a Republican, and state election law requires the director and deputy director to be from opposing political parties.

The board also reappointed Penrose as director Tuesday.

Thirteen people applied for the deputy director job, which pays about $58,000 annually.

A special meeting may be held later this month to hire a deputy director, Penrose said.

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