- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Some voters in central Illinois may have to travel farther to cast Election Day ballots.

Macon County officials say they’ve had to reduce the number of polling places because of budget cuts. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports (https://bit.ly/2eS1hpw ) that on Nov. 8 there’ll be 36 polling places for the county’s 72 precincts.

County Clerk Steve Bean says there are 66 fewer Election Day voting sites than when he first took office over two decades ago.

Bean says he’s had to cut his budget by $70,000. He says counties have to cover election judges’ stipends.

However, election officials say people’s voting habits have changed too, with more taking advantage of early voting.

Other areas, including Vermillion County, have also had to reduce the number of polling places over the years.


Information from: Herald & Review, https://www.herald-review.com

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