FAIRMONT – Voters in the Carolina community will have to go across the street to cast their ballot in future elections.

At its meeting this week, the Marion County Commission relocated Precinct 51 from Carolina Head Start to the Shiloh Baptist Church, located across the street from the Head Start, according to county administrator Kris Cinalli.

Voter registration Deputy Clerk Julie Kincaid requested the change from the commission.

She said the county clerk’s office was informed by a poll worker and resident of Carolina that the Head Start building is for sale.

To prevent a last-minute issue of the building being sold and unavailable to use as a polling place, the clerk’s office contacted the pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church, Charles Miller.

She said Miller “graciously accepted our request.”

According to Kincaid, the precinct has been renamed in the Statewide Voter Registration System and new voter registration ads for all affected voters have been printed and sent out.

She said the change will affect approximately 237 voters in the Carolina area.

County Commission President Randy Elliott said the change worked out very well.

“And we were happy to do that,” he said.

He thanked the staff in the county clerk’s office “for being able to put that together for us.”

It’s not the first polling place change that has been made recently.

Last month, the commission approved an Order of Intent from the Marion County Clerk to consolidate Precinct 122, the Montana Mines Community Building, into Precinct 121, East Dale Elementary School.

According to Kincaid, the consolidation is effective beginning with the primary election in May 2020. Voters who used to vote in the community building will now have to vote at the school.

She said the move was necessary because the community building can no longer be used for elections because it’s in need of some structural improvements.

The consolidation will add 455 active and inactive voters to the precinct at East Dale Elementary School, making for a total of 830 active and inactive voters there.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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