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Williston outgrows polling place

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck

During the 2012 General Election, some Williston voters waited over an hour to cast their vote.The last person in line that night voted at 8:30 p.m.

Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones wants to alleviate that problem and Tuesday night asked the Williston City Council if she could use the council meeting room to admit and register voters before sending them to the community center where they will receive ballots and actually vote.

Jones said if they could check in people in the council room, more voting booths can be set up.

The goal, Jones said, is to ensure no one waits over 30 minutes to cast a ballot.

During the 2012 Presidential Election, 1,042 people voted in Williston, Jones said.

"That's a lot of people," she said, adding that as many as 2,500 people could vote in the Williston precinct.

Council agreed to try the new process in the Aug. 26 Primary Election and then staff can report back to council if it streamlined the process.

If the experiment is successful, then council will decide how to handle its November meeting–either by cancelling or rescheduling–so the council room can be used again.