New fire station will double as additional voting precinct location

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By Lisa King

Voters in the northern part of the county soon will have a new voting location.

Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to make a new county fire station handicap accessible, which would qualify the site to act as a suitable location for a voting precinct.

Station 5 at 7370 LaGrange Road, with its 6,000 square feet, would become the new location for voting precinct E-102, which had been located at West Middle School.

This precinct, called Marshall Doaks precinct, would move there for the primary elections in May 2010.

Voters from Town & Country (precinct E-101) would continue to vote at WMS.

"Now everybody in the northern part of the county won't have to come to West Middle to vote," Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

He added that making the parking lot handicap accessible to qualify as a voting precinct is something the county has done before.

"This is similar to the project at Floral Hall, when we were about to lose it as a voting precinct because it wasn't handicap accessible," he said.