Here are the reasons Boyle County Clerk Denise B. Curtsinger and the Board of Elections decided to consolidate polling places:
* Delivery and pickup of Election Day supplies and machines. When federal mandates required polling places be handicapped accessible, the clerk's office put 500 miles on five vehicles picking up and delivering extra equipment.
* New disabled-accessible voting machines required extra technical assistance. Technicians had to go to almost every precinct during the May primary to assist precinct officers. Centrally-located polling places mean voters will have to wait less on technicians to arrive.
* Write-in votes are allowed during the General Election, and this generally causes a lot of confusion. Centrally-located polling places will allow the county clerk's staff to be on hand to assist precinct officers and voters.