MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Board of Elections will not be changing any polling places for the March 17 primary election.
"The only exception would be in the case of an emergency, such as a fire or other disaster at one of our voting sites. If this were to happen, the affected voters would be notified through a mailed notification, if time permits, and/or press releases and social media," said Paulette Hankins, local elections director.
One change was necessary at a voting location in the Ontario/Springfield Township area.
Due to a scheduling conflict, for the March 17 election only, voters will need to use a different entrance to access the Fellowship Hall at the Ontario Christian Fellowship Church, 636 S. Lexington-Springmill Road.
Voters should still park in the back parking area. They will need to use the entrance door to the south of the door that was their previous entrance. A large “Vote Here” sandwich-type sign will designate the correct entrance.
"There are steps to go down to access the voting area, or a small elevator is available if needed. We felt this change in voting rooms would be a better and less confusing option than moving the polling location to another site," Hankins said.
"We thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding. Individual postcard notifications were mailed to each voter in the Ontario 2-A, Springfield-B and Springfield-D precincts within this location," she said.
Additionally, the River of Life Church at 111 West Elm Street in Butler has changed its name. This voting location for Worthington-A and Worthington-B precincts in the southern part of the county is now called The Connection Church.