Some voters will have new precincts to cast a ballot June 5

Published 7:00 pm Monday, May 28, 2018

In a week, Mississippi voters will be going to the polls for Congressional primary elections. In Warren County, some voters could expect to be casting a ballot in a new location on June 5.

Several Warren County voters will be voting in new precincts that were approved in April by the Warren County Election Commission after meeting with the Warren County Board of Supervisors. This process has been in the works for more than a year, according to Sara Carlson Dionne, Warren County Election Commission Chairman and District 4 Commissioner.

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“The Warren County Election Commissioners carefully studied all precinct lines, election costs, voting statistics and met individually with their supervisor,” Dionne said in an email. “Each supervisor was not opposed to the changes being proposed.”

The change in precinct locations became necessary when the Warren County School District requested Sherman Avenue School, Redwood Elementary School and Warren Central Junior High School no longer be used for elections, as well as alleviating overcrowding at a fourth precinct.

In District 1, the Redwood and Oak Ridge precincts have been combined into what is now the Redwood Precinct and the approximately 340 voters will cast ballots at Ridgeway Baptist Church, located at the corner of Oak Ridge Road and Redwood Road.

The Culkin precinct at Sherman Avenue School, also in District 1, has been divided into two precincts with approximately 900 voters northeast of Henry Road and Muddy Creek now voting at Oakland Baptist Church, 2959 Oak Ridge Road in what is now called the Oakland Precinct. Approximately 3,000 voters southwest of Henry Road and Muddy Creek will vote at Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Oak Ridge Road in what is now known as the Culkin Precinct.

Dionne said the changes in District 1 “will help in many ways.”

“Election costs will be reduced, and the changes will be better for voters, the schools, poll workers, election commissioners and the circuit clerk’s office,” Dionne said.

In District 3, more than 2,100 voters who used to vote at Warren Central Junior High School will now vote at Tree House Banquet Hall, 1837 Cherry Street, which is the Cherry Street Precinct.

In District 5, the Tingleville precinct has been divided into two precincts and was split because of overcrowding and parking issues. Approximately 950 voters who live east of the existing precinct will continue to vote at The Church of God, 5598 Gibson Road in the Tingleville Precinct. The remaining 560 voters who live north and west of the existing precinct will vote at Fisher Ferry Fire Station No. 2, 4423 Lee Road in the Lee Road Precinct.

“The removal of some voters from Tingleville in District 5 will help relieve the overcrowding and parking problems, and will eliminate the split ballots at that precinct,” Dionne said.

Creating a sixth precinct in District 5 at Fisher Ferry Fire Station No. 2, however, will have the opposite effect in solving issues.

“This maintains instead of eliminating split ballots and will increase election costs,” Dionne said. “This location will be hard to reach for half of the voters and will create more work for poll workers, election commissioners and the circuit clerk’s office.”

All other voting precincts will remain the same.

For more information on where to vote, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website