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A new place to cast ballots

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Voters in Northumberland County’s District 3 will have a new polling place for the coming November 5 election. They will no longer vote at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Light of Christ Anglican Church but rather at Fairfields United Methodist Church in Burgess.

The county’s electoral board decided to make the change last year but are concerned that voters may not know about it and will miss voting as a result, Electoral Board chairman Joe Schlatter said Thursday.

Schlatter said the board decided on the change for personnel reasons. Each polling place requires a number of officers of election and getting volunteers for the arduous work which goes on from 5 a.m. election day until sometimes as late as 10 p.m. can be difficult, Schlatter said. By combining the two polling places into one, the personnel requirements are halved.

The old polling places were close to Wicomico Church and Heathsville. The new location in Burgess is midway between them. It will be in Fairfields UMC’s fellowship hall.

Northumberland’s other polling places are Callao Volunteer Fire Department for District 1, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville for District 2, Wicomico Parish Episcopal Church in Wicomico Church for District 4 and Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department in Reedville for District 5.

Absentee ballots may be obtained from the county’s general registrar at the old court house in Heathsville. They may be cast until 4:30 p.m. November 2.

In November, election voters will choose a General Assembly delegate, a State Senator and a sheriff for the county and, in Districts 1, 4 and 5 a member of the county Board of Supervisors. All the elections are contested.