The majority of voters would likely find it hard to believe that it took election commissioners so long, months in fact, and after a major election, to shed light on issues facing Hawkins County polling places which are considered - inadequate.
So inadequate, that the problems have forced the election commissioners to petition for the relocation of a select number of polling place locations and are hoping to have the moves completed and published to the public prior to the upcoming Rogersville municipal election to be held in June, 2013.
Election commissioners took their monthly meeting as an opportunity to explain the issues facing the handfull of polling places, specifically those that had problems like the lack of no running water, no working bathroom facilities and as one commissioner noted, “a growing concern for mice.”
In addition to those intolerable conditions, one polling place even has earned a reputation for its lack of parking — an obvious matter considered unfavourable. Making sure voters are not hindered in any way is a cause thats supported by the American Disability Act and is meant to be taken seriously.
It's apparrent the commissioners are attempting to right a wrong. That fact should not be overlooked. In fact, they ought be applauded for recognizing the compelling reasons for location changes of polling places considered below standards.
Despite the substantial questions regarding polling places, it is our hope that changes will be made, and done so with the voters best interests in mind.
Assuming these issues are dealt with accordingly and appropriately, as are most election matters, then the chances are slim to none that voters likely would have to endure less than par conditions by the time the next election rolls around.
The election commissioners have shown they understand the importance of making sure voters are comfortable going to their polling place and casting their vote.
When taking into account the struggles fought and those lives lost over hopes of one day having the right to partake in the act of voting, it becomes crystal clear how important it is to provide if not a pleasurable, at least a comfortable voting experience.
That's the least we can do.