By Kayla Carter
All three Third District county commissioners told the Carter County Election Committee the Range community should keep its own polling place.
The county commissioners joined the Election Commission’s Monday morning meeting to discuss preferences for a new Range community polling place.
In the past, Range community voters went to Range Elementary School to vote. But now that the Carter County School Board voted to accept a $93,000 bid at the end of Range Elementary School’s auction last week, a new location is needed.
The final approval of the May 6 Republican primary later in the meeting also brought the deadline for selecting a new Range polling place into perspective.
With early voting for the primary set from April 16 to May 1, the committee has about four months to decide.
The options currently being considered are to combine Range voters with Watauga voters or find a new venue, such as Fairview Baptist Church, within the community.
All three county commissioners — Charles Von Cannon, Harry Sisk and Ronnie Trivett — agreed the polling place should stay within the Range community.
“The community just lost a school and if it loses its precinct, it loses part of its identity,” said Sisk. “I think the consideration should be about the convenience of the people in order for them to come to vote.”