Voting precinct to be moved again

Published 6:00 am Friday, March 26, 2021

Once again, the Charlotte County Electoral Board is on the hunt for a new location for the Bacon/Saxe District voting precinct after learning the current location is no longer an option.

According to Interim General Registrar Eric Goode, Shiloh Baptist Church informed the board the church would no longer be available for use as a polling place.

Goode did not elaborate as to why the church had rescinded its offer.

Shiloh Baptist Church was first used as the Bacon/Saxe voting precinct in November 2020 after the electoral board spent months searching for a new location.

The relocation of the precinct to Shiloh Baptist Church took months to finalize after several meetings between both the electoral board and board of supervisors in 2020.

The relocation of the precinct gained attention during a July 2019 meeting of the Charlotte County Electoral Board when members were made aware of issues at the Southhall Community Building, the original Bacon/Saxe voting precinct.

According to former General Registrar Nan Lambert, parking space was one issue that was brought up about the community building, as well as entrance ramps and wood heat that is needed to heat the building.

During a March 2020 Board of Supervisors, meeting, members voted 6 to 1 to approve the relocation of the Bacon/ Saxe District polling place from Southhall Community Building to New Hope Methodist Church.

Just a week after that vote, New Hope Methodist Church rescinded its offer to use the building.