The precincts will be less crowded for Summit County voters later this year. he County lections Board today voted to increase the number of voting precincts from 298 to 420, after budget cuts forced a reduction in precincts in last November's election.
Summit County Elections Director Joe Masich tells AkronNewsNow " We reduced last year. there were several cost-cutting measures put in place by the Board based on budgetary conditions and restraints by the County, and even though we limited the precincts I believe last year to somewhere between 1200 and 1400 voters, with the registration drives during a presidential campaign a lot of those precincts swelled up to 15, 16, 1700 voters and it was just too crowded.
Masich says the elections board will now begin the process of finding new precinct locations and will advise voters through the media and other means on where they'll go to vote in upcoming elections.
Even with the increase 55 fewer precincts will be utilized than the 475 Summit County had before the cuts last year.
The precinct change is expected in time for either the August or September elections.