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|New Polling Place Provides No Major Issues in Knoxville
|A new polling place in Knoxville doesn't seem to be keeping people away from placing a ballot in local elections.
The residents in Knoxville Tuesday took to The Knox County Fairgrounds in the Munson Building to place their ballots in their local elections.
The prior elections in Knoxville were held at the courthouse where the Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson in February told WGIL conditions were cramped, especially during high turnout elections like the Presidential Election held last November. Erickson said the Munson Building provides plenty of room to have all the precincts in one centralized location and is wheelchair accessible.
Election Judge in Knoxville Joanne Arwood tells WGIL having the voting at the new building does have its advantages. "At the courthouse, we were all cram-packed into this little area," Arwood said. "Here, it's at least more spacious. The heat isn't as great as we would like it to be, but I think this is a more sensible way to go."
Arwood says at least in her 4th precinct voter turnout seems to be lower as of the lunch hour Tuesday, but she thinks the lower turnout is due to a smaller election unlike the Presidential election last year. She said that it was almost a fifty percent drop off from those who voted in November.
Arwood also says that she doesn't think the lower turnout is because of the new location because people want to come out and see the Munson Building but she has heard mixed feelings from voters on the new location.
(Plenty of people congregate as they cast their ballots Tuesday in the Munson building at the Knox County Fairgrounds.)
(Voters cast their ballots at the Munson Building. WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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