Beat 7 voting place back at Rucker

The 1,213 Dale County voters set to vote on Fort Rucker in the Nov. 3 general election will be voting in a new location on post.

The Dale County Commission passed an emergency resolution at the Aug. 25 meeting authorizing the polling place for Beat 7, Box 2 to be at the Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center on Skychief Street on Fort Rucker.

This is the fourth for the voters who most recently voted at the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center for the July 14 Republican Party runoff election.

For years Dale County voters assigned to the Rocky Head voting place on Fort Rucker voted at the old post elementary school. In 2017 that school was replaced by a temporary facility, built near the Enterprise gate to the post, which was used as a school during the construction

For the Aug. 15, 2017 special called election for U.S. Senate, at the Dale County Commission meeting July 11, 2017, the commission approved moving the voting place for Beat 7, Box 2 to the Corvias Building—known to some as ‘the old Non Commissioned Officers Club’—located at 2908 Andrews Avenue.

The voting place was next moved to the Bowden Terrace Community Center on post. Dale County Probate Judge Sharon Michalic told the commission June 23 that she learned June 22 that the community room, used since 2019, could no longer be used due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place on the military installation.

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

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 Cultural and Convention Center.

Alabama law requires that no polling place shall be relocated less than three months prior to an election, except in cases of emergency.

In other business, the commission approved the request of Dale County Revenue Officer Eleanor Outlaw, who serves as the county’s tax collecting official, to change the sale of tax liens for collecting delinquent property tax to a tax lien auction and sale.

“The tax collecting official of each county shall have the authority to decide whether his or her county shall utilize the sale of a tax lien of the sale of property to collect delinquent property taxes and the method decided shall apply to all property in that county for that year and future years unless notice is given that changes the method of prescribed,” said Outlaw.

“As the tax collecting official for Dale County, please accept this notice as a declaration of my intentions to conduct at tax lien auction and sale for the collection of delinquent taxes for the 2020-2021 year forward,” said Outlaw in a recommended resolution that was approved by the commission.

The next meeting of the Dale County Commission is Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the 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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