Wood County Clerk Jamie Six told county commissioners approximately $1,200 was saved by offering four community early vote sites for the primary and general elections in 2012. In addition to the usual early vote site provided at the Judge Black Courthouse Annex, this year, there were four community early voting sites offered. Those sites were located at the Williamstown and Vienna city buildings, and Mineral Wells and Lubeck Volunteer fire departments. Six explained if the county had to provide additional pollworkers at the larger precincts election day to cut down on lines at the polling places, it would have cost $8,400. The cost to provide five pollworkers at each of the four new early vote locations cost $7,292.
Wood County Clerk Jamie Six and deputy clerk Melody Ross reported on usage of four new community early vote sites offered during the recent primary and general elections. The commissioners asked for the report to consider whether to provide the sites again. (Photo by Pamela Brust)
According to the report provided by Six and Melody Ross, deputy clerk in the voter’s registration office, voter turnout for the primary at the Judge Black Annex was 2,566; 322 at Lubeck; 190 Mineral Wells; 417 in Vienna; 235 in Williamstown for a total of 3,730. In the general election, the voter turnout numbers at the early vote precincts were much higher. At the Judge Black annex, there were 7,730 voters; 1,045 in Lubeck; 699 in Mineral Wells; 1,433 in Vienna; 821 in Williamstown, for a total of 11,728.