Mahoning County votes to reduce precincts

A public meeting is scheduled in Youngstown, Ohio to reduce the city's voting precincts.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –  There will be 52 fewer places to vote in Mahoning County this fall.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections voted to eliminate the precincts on Wednesday. The changes will affect the cities of Campbell and Canfield, as well as Austintown, Boardman, Beaver, Milton, Poland, Springfield and Canfield townships.

Voters will be notified before the November election of where their new precinct is and their new polling location. These changes are the second wave of precinct adjustments in the county. Last year, the Board voted to eliminate 32 precincts in Youngstown, which went into effect for the May 5 primary. Some precincts in Struthers also were eliminated. 

Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta said the shift in precincts should help save money and increase voter turnout, but it is unknown how much the changes will save.

“We save approximately $20,000 this last primary election in the city of Youngstown and Struthers, so I hope to see a substantial savings,” Kale-Pesta said.

These are the precinct changes:

Trumbull County reduced their precincts last year. They expect to save $51,000 annually on elections.

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