Polls changing for Tuesday’s referendum [UPDATED]Published 11:19am Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Updated 11:26am Wednesday, March 27, 2013
With the Fergus Falls School District’s upcoming referendum a week away, a few last-minute adjustments have been made to the location of polling stations that voters in Precinct 1 and 2 will need to know before they cast ballots next Tuesday.
For voters in Ward 1, polling will be held in its usual place at the Fergus Falls Fire Station. Ward 2 voters will also keep their usual station at the Armory.
The M State campus will serve as the polling station for Ward 3 voters, but ballots will not be cast at Legacy Hall as they have been in the past. Instead, residents are asked to travel up the main M State entrance to the library addition of the college and vote in room L105. The room will be found through the entrance marked L100 and parking in the baseball lot will be available.
Ward 4 voting will still be held at the Hillcrest gym. However, ballot boxes will not be located on the gym floor. Instead, residents will vote on the main level through the east side entrance of the building.
According to City Election Administrator Lynne Olson, the changes come after Legacy Hall was already booked at M State. Moving the polls at the Hillcrest gym will allow for the school to continue its regular programs and be more accessible for voters with disabilities.
The city and district will post signs at each station to help guide voters to the proper voting locations.
“It’s a lot easier to be accommodating than to cancel the elections,” said Olson.
Olson said the district will be using the city’s equipment and election judges to help make the day easier for voters.
As for the expected turnout, Olson said there are no definite indicators to predict how many residents will vote on the referendum.
“Last year we had about five percent turnout at the primary and about 95 percent for the general election, so there’s really no way to know for sure,” said Olson. “It will probably be less busy than a general election but busier than the primary.”
Polling stations open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.