Boyle County Clerk Denise Curtsinger and the Board of Elections have taken a lot of heat over the consolidation of polling places. It's time to take some more.
Last November, over the objections of a vocal electorate, the board approved Curtsinger's plan to reduce 18 polling places to five. Voting machines for most precincts ended up at the convention center, while voters in western Boyle County - Junction City, Perryville, Parksville and Mitchellsburg - got to stay at home, so to speak.
Despite the grumbling, the accusations of politics in the decision making, and a rainy election day, things went fairly smoothly at the convention center. Machine problems, mainly software related, which slowed and complicated the counting of votes, would have occurred regardless of the polling place.
It was a logistical success - almost.
Curtsinger sold the idea, in part, with the argument that moving to the convention center was not going to cost any more than staying put, that it might even save us money by reducing expenses. She weathered the storm, including a bid to unseat her, and it seemed the plan might become permanent.