Polling places moved in Sipsey, Union Chapel

Jennifer Cohron
Posted 1/5/16

Walker County Commissioners voted to relocate two polling places during their first meeting of 2016.

Elections will no longer be held at Valley Junior High School or the former Sipsey Elementary/Junior High School. Residents in those areas will …

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Polling places moved in Sipsey, Union Chapel

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Walker County Commissioners voted to relocate two polling places during their first meeting of 2016.

Elections will no longer be held at Valley Junior High School or the former Sipsey Elementary/Junior High School. Residents in those areas will now vote at the Union Chapel Community Center and Sipsey Community Center, respectively.

County attorney Richard Fikes informed commissioners at the start of their discussion that making such changes within three months of an election is prohibited by statute, but exceptions are allowed for emergency situations.

Commission chairman Billy Luster said the former Sipsey school is in such a state of disrepair that extra work had to be done so that utilities could be restored to the building for the school tax renewal vote held in September.

“I would consider it an emergency because of the liability that the city and the county would incur with people going in and out of the property with it being in such as a state of disrepair. My recommendation would be to change the polling place to a building that is just 300 feet away,” Luster said.

District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt added that signs would be posted at the school directing voters to the new polling location when the primaries are held March 1.

Luster said the polling place at Valley Junior High School was being changed because it poses a security risk to students and faculty on Election Day.

Prior to the vote, Commissioner Keith Davis pointed out that the county has received signed petitions requesting changes be made at both polling locations.

Commissioners also approved minor maintenance projects at the parking lot of the Sipsey Community Center to get it prepared for the March 1 vote.