ASHLAND Volunteers and election officers worked Monday afternoon to convert Boyd County Middle School into a polling station to house 12 Boyd County districts for election day.
Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones, along with a crew of volunteers, worked to prepare the school for Election Day. Jones worked to move tables and chairs, and ensure the proper set-up of all delivered equipment.
Election officers will arrive early to break the seals off the equipment and remove all necessary tools to conduct the polling, including roster books. Four election officers, one Republican judge, one Democrat judge, the sheriff and Jones will all be present.
“Most election officers have served many years,” said Jones.
Jones said the polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
“We want to encourage everyone to come out and exercise their right to vote,” said Jones. “Every election is important.”
Voters in the districts of Cannonsburg, Marsh Run, Princess, Kyova, Pyramid, Willow, Sandy Creek, Green Hill, Meads (1), Meads (2), Rockdale — Summit and Winslow — and Ironville, that previously voted at the Kyova Mall, will go to the school. Jones said the districts combined account for 8,500 to 9,000 voters.
Jones said all voters in the districts have been notified via mail of the changes, but there will also be signs put up at the Kyova Mall directing voters to the middle school.
Jones said the voting turnout has steadily increased each year and she hopes all citizens will come out and cast their vote.
“Four years ago, we had 9,800 vote,” said Jones. “Compare that to last year, where we had 15,000.”
Jones said she expects a good turnout for this election.
“I think we’ll get more due to the nature of this election,” Jones said.
Jones said the security of the polling stations is kept tightly monitored, and the only people allowed into the school will be election officers and county officials, voters and the media.
The county spends a considerable amount of money to ensure citizens have access to cast their votes.
“It’s about a $90,000 to $95,000 cost for Boyd County,” said Jones. The cost is broken down into the equipment, from Harp Enterprises, training, salary of the election officers, signage and postcards.
Jones said election officers are paid $130 on Election Day, and $70 for the training. The judges are also paid $7 for the mileage to return to the Boyd County Courthouse Annex to return poll results.