Friday, August 24, 2012
In a public meeting Thursday night, about 100 residents of the Carrington area asked Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard to return voting to the Round Prairie Voting Precinct at Carrington.
Hubbard told the group the consolidation of the precinct with the Guthrie Precinct still could be reversed. “I came here tonight to listen to the people here. I will make a decision within the next two weeks,” Hubbard said.
Mike Backer, chairman of the Callaway County Central Democratic Committee, helped organize the meeting, which was held at the Carrington Baptist Church.
Residents of the area told her the church membership would allow voting to be held at the church.
Hubbard said the Round Prairie Precinct was combined with the Guthrie Precinct during the August primary election but it is possible that she will resume voting in Carrington in time for the November general election.
Hubbard said in May she was touring precincts to make sure they were all accessible to handicapped voters, as required by law.
She determined that the voting precinct at a store in Carrington was not handicapped accessible. A few years earlier, Linda Love, the previous county clerk, had moved the precinct from the Carrington Baptist Church to the store because the church at that time was not handicapped accessible.
Hubbard said at the time the store and the church were the only two options she saw in Carrington.