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Some polling places are new, some have moved

November 07, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Voters used to the same old polling places have had to adapt this year.

About a dozen polling places changed in Washington County, starting with the Sept. 12 primaries.

Washington County Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said voters received notices of their polling places, but some didn't pay attention and called to ask questions.

Because the county is expanding, the board of elections added four precincts.

The county now has 50 precincts at 49 polling places. Horst Fencing Service on National Pike near Huyetts Crossroads is the polling place for two precincts.

When the changes took effect for the primaries, it was "a mess," Kaetzel said. For example, people were confused when a polling place at Boonsboro High School moved from a gymnasium to a cafeteria, she said

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The new arrangement is likely to stay for a while, Kaetzel said.

The following is a list of precincts and new polling places, with the old polling places in parentheses:

3-2: Emmanuel United Methodist Church (Associated Builders and Contractors building on Howard Street)

4: Clear Spring High School (Clear Spring Elementary School)

6-1: Boonsboro High School cafeteria (Boonsboro High School gym)

6-2: Boonsboro Middle School (new precinct)

7-2: Smithsburg Middle School (new precinct)

9: Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. activity center (Leitersburg fire hall)

10-1: E. Russell Hicks Middle School (Funkstown Elementary School)

10-4: Washington County Technical High School (South Hagerstown High School)

12: Fairplay Fire Co. (District 12 Ruritan Club)

13-2: Maugansville Ruritan Club (new precinct)

18-2: Maranatha Brethren Church (Pangborn Elementary School)

22-1: Trinity Lutheran Church (Christ Lutheran Church)

22-2: Pangborn Elementary School (new precinct)

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