West U Considering One Polling Location for City Elections
The West U City Council is considering reducing the number of polling places for city elections from four to one.
During a workshop on Monday night, city staff recommended that council consider reducing the city’s four polling locations down to one in an effort to reduce costs.
Staff is recommending that city hall be the designated polling location and estimates that the maximum wait time on Election Day will be five minutes.
Reducing the polling locations is also estimated to save the city more than $2,700.
In 2011, about 1,874 residents cast a ballot in the city election.
City Attorney Alan Petrov told the city council last night that the voting precincts would not change, just the location where residents vote.
Mayor Bob Fry asked the council to get input from residents before it comes back to council for a vote in December.
Council needs to vote on reducing the polling locations by Dec. 10 to allow time for a submission and answer from the Department of Justice before the deadline to order the May election.
The council has also directed staff to request an exemption from the Department of Justice from having to publish election notices in Vietnamese and Chinese. City Secretary Thelma Lenz told the council that she has never received a request by anyone of Asian background to provide assistance in interpreting election information or a request for an application in Vietnamese or Chinese.
If the city receives the exemption for publishing election notices and reduces their polling locations down to one, Lenz said it’s estimated to save the city about $5,000.