Chatham County Board of Elections preparing to add new polling locations in Pooler

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POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) – More polling locations could be in the future for a city in Chatham County.

The Chatham County Board of Elections is looking to add more polling locations in Pooler.

“There’s been population growth in Pooler and we’ve been aware of that and so we’re looking at ways we can expand the voting out there,” said Tom Mahoney, Chairman of the Board of Elections.

The plans for more polling locations are in the preliminary stages, but Mahoney says his team will be working through the summer to locate potential buildings. Mahoney also tells News 3 The Chatham County Board of Elections will work closely with the Board of Registrar and The City of Pooler on this initiative.

“We like community centers. We use governmental buildings and it has to be suited. It’s gonna have to be handicapped accessible and have good parking. It’s gonna have to be big enough for the poll,’ said Mahoney.

Many voters were frustrated with polling locations in Pooler during November’s Primary Election due to long waits and longer lines to cast their ballots.

“There have been complaints and there were in fact long lines. I think there was a lengthy ballot in the last election and that certainly was a contributing factor to the long lines, if you remember all of the referendum and constitutional amendment proposals. So you know there was a lot of different things but nonetheless, there is population growth out there and so we’re looking to expand the voting opportunities out there,” said Mahoney.

The Chatham County Board of Elections is interested in hearing suggestions from people on potential polling locations in Pooler.

Anyone interested can give The Chatham County Board of Elections a call.

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