If all eligible voters cast their ballots in every election, fairly equal numbers of people would vote at each polling location. However, not everyone votes in every election. Some polling locations see far fewer voters than others, making it a challenge for county auditors to ensure that voters don’t have to wait in long lines.
The Legislature voted a few years ago to allow county auditors to combine polling locations or precincts for school board, city and county elections, which typically have lower turnout than general or presidential elections. The change allowed county auditors to combine staff and open fewer polling locations for elections with lower voter turnout.
The process has worked so well that county auditors asked the Legislature for similar flexibility in other elections. HF 471 will allow county auditors to also consolidate precincts for primary and general elections. This bill has been approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.