Small Cache County communities oppose proposed changes to voting locations

Members of the Cache County Council are expected to make a final decision on 2012 polling locations at Tuesday’s 5 p.m. meeting. At the last meeting, representatives of Cornish, Trenton and Clarkston asked the council to reconsider a proposal to reduce the number of voting districts in the county from 22 to 15 which would mean residents of those communities would be going to other towns to vote. Cache County Clerk Jill Zollinger says the changes would save the county a total of $15,000 but the mayors say it will mean more people won’t vote. Zollinger also says there are other ways to vote, such as early voting and by mail. Clarkston Mayor Kendon Godfrey says that doesn’t always work and it did no work in Cornish last time. “In fact, (Cornish Mayor) Joe Hansen himself did not receive one,” Godfrey says. “So the mail system doesn’t work. And then of course there’s the argument how do you know who really voted.” Under the new proposal, Cornish residents would vote in Lewiston, those from Trenton would go to a combined Cove and Richmond precinct and Clarkston voters would travel to Newton.

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