MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Board of Elections has announced changes to polling locations in Mansfield's 3rd Ward, starting with the Nov. 5 general election.
These changes, outlined below, were approved at the Board of Elections’ meeting on Aug. 13.
"These changes were necessary for a variety of reasons, including meeting federal ADA requirements for polling place accessibility, our long-term goal of creating 'regional vote centers' to save taxpayers’ funds, and in one instance, due to the fact the previous voting location was on lockdown 24/7 and made the accessibility for voters a problem," BOE Elections Director Paulette Hankins said.
Postcards have been mailed to every voter in these precincts, informing them of their new polling place location. For a complete list of polling places in Richland County, visit the website at www.richlandcountyoh.us/boe
All 3rd Ward voters in Mansfield will now vote at one location -- the Crossroads Church at 1188 Park Ave. West in the Kroger/Taco Bell Plaza between the Trimble Road and Brookwood Way intersections.
Public transportation is available to this location via the Richland County Transit. As always, signs and flags will be placed at each location on Election Day to designate the correct entrance for voters.
Precincts which will be voting at Crossroads Church include the following:
-- Man 3-A – formerly voted at Grace Episcopal Church, 41 Bowman St. (corner of Third St.)
-- Man 3-B - formerly voted at Grace Episcopal Church, 41 Bowman St. (corner of Third St.)
-- Man 3-C – formerly voted at First Presbyterian Church, 399 S. Trimble Rd.
-- Man 3-D – formerly voted at First Presbyterian Church, 399 S. Trimble Rd.
-- Man 3-E – formerly voted at Primrose Retirement Center, 1301 Millsboro Rd.
No further polling place changes will be made prior to the November 2019 election or during the presidential election year in 2020, unless extreme circumstances warrant additional changes, Hankins said.