Election workers still needed for May 20 primary

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish was given permission to recruit additional election officers to assist with the primary election on Tuesday, May 20.

At the conclusion of the regular April meeting of the Harrison County Fiscal Court, Furnish said she anticipates a very heavy voter turnout for the primary election.

Voting in local campaigns is always heavy, she said. There are signs that turnout this year may set some records, she said.

However, recent redistricting of voting districts is likely to cause a lot of confusion among voters at the polls. She is currently training 11 new officers who have never participated in an election before. Others who are experienced and willing to help are unable because they have family connections to candidates, Furnish said.

“I anticipate there will be a lot of confusion at the polls. People won’t know if they are registered. There will be others who don’t realize they’re voting in another district,” Furnish said.

She is considering several options to relieve the problem. The court members granted her permission to take whatever means are necessary to ensure a smooth voting process.

In other business,  the court:

•Agreed to consider a reduction in the speed limit on Jones Road between Oddville Road and Salem Pike. A resident said that driving conditions on that road are hazardous. He is concerned that drivers aren’t aware of a growing traffic of Amish families on that road.

 •Bonnie Skinner, director of planning and community development, said that the city commission was open to discuss combining city and county code enforcement into one entity with the joint planning commission.