Pontotoc County Election Board Secretary Marilyn McDaniel said voters should be aware of polling place changes for the primary mid-term election to be held Tuesday, July 27.

 She said the polling place changes will apply only to voters in precincts 11, 13, 25 and 45.

“Precinct 11, who has always voted in the courthouse, will now vote in our offices at 131 West 13th,” she said.  McDaniel said the change was due to courthouse renovation.

Precinct 13 will be moving permanently to the Central Church of Christ at 820 Stadium Drive due to the closing of Marion Fenton Motors.

“Mr. Fenton has closed his business and we were fortunate enough to have Central Church of Christ agree to let us vote in their facility,” McDaniel said.

Although there will be no change to the location of precinct 13’s polling place, McDaniel said First Pentecostal Holiness Church has changed its name to The River.

“We wanted people to know that they’re still voting there,” she said.

Precinct 45, who previously voted at Ada Jr. High’s East Gym, will vote Tuesday at the main lobby of Ada Jr. High.  McDaniel said this is not a permanent change.

In addition to polling place changes, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said some voters will be required to show identification when voting this year.

“Voters who registered by mail will be asked for identification when they vote in a federal election for the first time,” a release from the Pontotoc County Election Board said.  The release said voters who aren’t able to provide identification may still vote but the ballot will not be put in the voting device.

“Instead, it will be sealed in a special envelope and kept separate until information provided by the voter can be verified,” the release said.  “Once verified at the County Election Board office, the ballot will be counted and included in the final election results.”

McDaniel said, following this election, there would be a primary run-off on Aug. 24 and a general mid-term election in November.

“Aug. 24 is also when the City of Ada is going to do their sales tax,” she said.

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