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Election Officals Cut Polling Locations

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Aired 5/19/09

Elections officials aren't expecting a high turnout at the polls. So they've sharply reduced the number of polling places in many counties, by at least half.

If you're voting the old-fashioned way in today's special election, you might want to double-check your polling place first.

As Ben Adler reports, it might have changed since the last time you voted.

Elections officials aren't expecting a high turnout at the polls. So they've sharply reduced the number of polling places in many counties, by at least half. It saves money and it's permitted by state law, but it's also less convenient for voters.

"We do anticipate that there might be a little bit of confusion," says Brad Buyse with Sacramento County Elections.

He says voters should check the back of their sample ballot pamphlet to make sure their destination hasn't changed. They can also call the county elections department or go online.

"In some of the polling places, they might be a little bit further distance away than the normal polling place, but most polling places are within a short distance from each voter, where they reside," he says.

Voters who show up at a polling place that isn't their own can still cast a provisional ballot.

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