By Kayla Carter
A church with longtime ties to now-closed Range Elementary School will pick up part of the school’s civic legacy when voters cast ballots this spring.
And Fairview Baptist Church will also keep voters close to home and help preserve a community’s identity in its added role as the new Range precinct polling place.
Tracy Harris, Carter County Election Commission administrator, notified the Carter County Commission of the change via letter Tuesday at the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting.
“The Third District commissioners decided to move the Range precinct from Range Elementary since it was closed to Fairview Baptist Church,” Harris said. “We sent cards out to everybody with the new precinct on there.”
This was an important decision for members of the Range community.
“Since they just lost the school, we weren’t going to take their precinct away from them, too,” Harris said.
Range resident Beecher O’Quinn Jr. said he and his neighbors are proud to retain their sense of community identity.
“A lot of the people who live out here wouldn’t go to another polling place,” O’Quinn said. “I’m one of them. I wouldn’t have went no place else.”
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