New polling site for nearly 40 percent of Hall County voters
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Redistricting has had a significant impact in Hall County.
“Nearly 40 percent of Hall County voters will have a different polling place for the 2022 elections,” said Hall County Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet. “In the coming days, weeks and months, voters will hear and see repeat messages that many polling places have changed and now is the time to find your new polling place.”
The easiest way to find your new polling place is to go online to Nebraska Voter Check.
Voters can look up the new polling place either by their name or their residential address. Maps showing the new precinct boundaries are available online at the Hall County website, www.hallcountyne.gov under election commission, printed maps.
Physical maps are also on display at the Hall County Administration Building, Grand Island City Hall, the Grand Island Public Library, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, the Multicultural Coalition, Wood River City offices, and the village offices in Cairo, Alda and Doniphan.
“These changes affect more than 13,000 voters and will be in place for the next 10 years,” Overstreet said. “Voters have time to get prepared now so they can be confident where they are headed on Election Day.”
The bulk of the changes were brought about from redistricting after the 2020 Census. Grand Island now has three legislative districts, instead of two.
“Legislative lines are hard boundaries when it comes to voting,” Overstreet said. “The precinct boundaries for each polling site cannot cross a legislative boundary – so one of the most significant changes is we will have some Grand Island voters who are now in the Alda precinct, meaning their polling place is Alda.”
A similar legislative line around the Central Nebraska Regional Airport puts Hall County voters living north of the airport in a new voting precinct. Their new polling place will be at Resurrection Catholic Church – that location was selected for the rural voters in order to keep Northwest School District voters together.
Resurrection Catholic Church, 4110 Cannon Road, is one of several new polling sites that were added due to substantial population growth in Grand Island.
Other new polling sites include the Southern Public Power office, 4550 W. Husker Highway; and Abundant Life Church, 3411 W. Faidley Ave.
Some polling places were moved for enhanced Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility and curbside voting for disabled voters. First Faith Methodist Church, 4190 W. Capital Ave.; and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Harrison Street; were added for that reason, along with Resurrection Catholic Church. www.hallcountyne.gov
Seedling Mile Elementary School will cease to be a polling site out of interest of school security. Voters in that area will now be voting at Grace Lutheran Church, 545 Memorial Drive, which has a brand new automatic door opener into the polling site.
As part of accessibility improvements, a county and state grant program was used to add automatic door openers to Grace Lutheran Church, Fonner Park Café, Calvary Lutheran Church, First Christian Church, Southern Public Power offices, First Baptist Church in Cairo and the Alda Community Center.
“So along with these location changes come some of the most progressive accessibility changes for Hall County voters since the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed more than 30 years ago,” Overstreet said. “I applaud our polling place partners in being open to these upgrades that will not only serve Hall County voters on the two election days, but will serve the community at large the other 363 days of the year.”
Every Hall County voter will be mailed a new voter card in March, whether or not there has been a change.
“We’re sending out more than 34,000 postcards so all voters will know their polling place, as well as any changes in political representation, such as a new city council ward or school board ward,” Overstreet said. “That information is available now on NEBRASKA VOTER CHECK, which also provides language options.”
“Voters also have the option to request a mailed ballot or to vote early at the Hall County Election Office from April 11 to May 9,” Overstreet said. “Get on NEBRASKA VOTER CHECK, find your polling place - we want everyone who wants to vote to be able to do so.”
Other notable changes:
St. Leo’s Catholic Church: This precinct was divided in half due to the legislative line being moved from Highway 34 to Stolley Park Road. Voters from St. Leo’s who live south of Stolley Park Road will continue to vote at St. Leo’s. Voters from St. Leo’s who live north of Stolley Park Road will now vote at Abundant Life Church, 3411 W. Faidley Ave.
Fonner Park Café: Most voters from Fonner Park who live outside of Grand Island city limits, will now be voting at either St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 2410 S. Blaine, or the Alda Community Center, 6410 W. Highway 30.
Northridge Assembly of God: Voters from Northridge Assembly of God will now be voting at either First Faith Methodist Church, 4190 W. Capital Ave. or Resurrection Catholic Church, 4110 Cannon Road.
School Districts: Rural voters who live south of Interstate 80 will notice polling place changes by school district. Voters in the Doniphan/Trumbull, Adams Central and Aurora school district will be voting at the Doniphan Area Event Center, 103 W. Pine St. in Doniphan. Voters in the Kenesaw and Shelton school districts will be voting at the Wood River Community Center, 108 W. Tenth in Wood River. The majority of Northwest School District voters will be voting at Resurrection Catholic Church.
Cairo Precinct: The east boundary of the Cairo Precinct no longer stops at 80th Road – it extends to Engleman Road for voters living north of Airport Road. The precinct also now extends farther to the south to Old Potash Highway for voters west of 80 th Road.
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