Public gives views on voter precinct changes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Board of Elections listened to public comments on Wednesday regarding a plan to reduce the number of voting precincts in Youngstown and Struthers.

Three precincts would be eliminated in Struthers while Youngstown would go be reduced by 32 precincts. The changes would save the county nearly $30,000 each election.

But concerns were raised about what it would do to the voters.

“We don’t want to disenfranchise our elderly, where they can’t get out to vote,” Youngstown resident Gwendolyn Fish said.

Last fall, Youngstown City Council voted to redraw the city’s ward lines. The state average for precinct size is 1,000 voters per precinct. In Youngstown, some precincts had fewer than 150 voters.

Other areas also will see precinct changes, but Struthers and Youngstown were selected first because they are the only two cities with primaries next year.

A final vote on the proposed changes is expected early next year.

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