Live in Hamilton County? You Probably Have a New Polling Place
FISHERS, Ind. — If you live in Hamilton County, keep an eye on your mailbox. You may soon receive a bright yellow mailer informing you of your new polling place.
After 40 years, the county has decided to move polling places out of schools.
Only one school in the county, Sheridan High School, will be used as a polling place for the May 7 primary and other elections in the future. County officials say the decision was made in order to ensure student safety.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools issued a statement to explain why the change was needed:
"In recent years, an increased number of safety and logistical concerns have been raised by the community. We are appreciative of the Hamilton County Clerk's Office to remove polling sites from school buildings. We believe this initiative will benefit the safety and well-being of students, staff, and voters."
Eleven voting sites inside schools are gone, and 27 new voting sites have been selected. The list of new voting centers includes churches, hotels, and a funeral home.
"We ended up finding a home for all of them. Some of them, we had to combine with other precincts. Some of them, we have brand-new homes," said Hamilton County Clerk Kathy Williams.
The county has sent out more than 30,000 yellow postcards to registered voters, informing them of their new polling places. Registered Hamilton Co. voters can also find their new voting center at indianavoters.com.
More than 30,000 yellow postcards were mailed out today to voters in @FishersIN notifying them of their new polling location. All polling locations in @HSESchools have been moved. You can also find your voting location at https://t.co/Q1739gy6kE. pic.twitter.com/lzcxrDBPge
— Hamilton County, Indiana (@HamcoIndiana) April 17, 2019
Sierra Hignite from WISH-TV contributed to this article.
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