Commission OKs temporary polling place change

The 1,213 Dale County voters set to vote on Fort Rucker in the July 14 runoff election will be voting in Daleville instead.

In an emergency resolution passed June 23, the Dale County Commission voted to change the Bowden Terrace Community Center polling place on Fort Rucker for Beat 7, Box 2, Rocky Head to the Daleville government buildings.

Dale County Probate Judge Sharon Michalic told the commission that she learned June 22 that the community room, used since 2019, can no longer be used due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place on the military installation.

Michalic said she has corresponded with the Fort Rucker Voting Assistance Coordinator on the issue but that the issue is that the voting place is located in a community room on the now-privatized housing area.

Michalic said she contacted Daleville City Clerk Angela Filmore about the the feasibility of temporary use of the Daleville government building and asked Dale County Attorney Henry Steagall to draft the emergency resolution allowing for the polling place change.

Alabama law requires that no polling place shall be relocated less than three months prior to an election, except in cases of emergency. In the resolution the commission “does hereby declare that there exists an emergency, not the result of any action of the commission or election officials which requires the relocation of the polling place at Fort Rucker” and that the relocation is “temporarily for the runoff only.”

Michalic said that the polling officials, voting machines and ballots for the Rocky Head box will be separated from the Daleville election and that “all reports of election of results shall be separately identifiable by the appropriate polling place.”

The next meeting of the Dale County Commission is Tuesday, July 14, in the Dale County Government Building in Ozark. A work session begins at 10 a.m. and is followed immediately by a voting meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.

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