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Warrenton polling location moves to church

Voting officials found out power and water had been cut to the original site. Voting officials found out power and water had been cut to the original site.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A last-minute change has been made for a Marshall County polling place after voting officials found out power and water had been cut to the original site.

The Marshall County Commission dealt with the issue Wednesday morning after learning the Warrenton Community Center would not have power or water when the polls open June 3.

The commission chairman said he stopped at a fast food restaurant Tuesday and ran into the people who operate the polling location, who informed him of the problem.

The center has been a location for more than 25 years and approximately 1,100 people vote there. The commission voted to move the polling location for the primary across the street to the Warrenton Methodist Church.

Normally, state law dictates you cannot change polling locations within 30 days of an election.

"We got an AG's opinion, and you can move them in the case of an emergency," said Chairman James Hutcheson. "We declared this an emergency in moving the voting location."

Chairman Hutcheson said the church has also agreed to hold the general election at the church. Efforts will be made on both the primary and the general election to ensure voters know where to go.

"The sheriff will have a deputy sitting at the old voting place," said Hutcheson. "We will make sure everybody is informed and knows exactly where to vote."

Probate Judge Tim Mitchell said they plan to do 60-day checks of polling locations in the future to help ensure this doesn't happen again.

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