Lack of poll workers forces Manatee County to combine some voting precincts for Florida primaries

Posted at 8:55 PM, Mar 11, 2020

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida primaries are on Tuesday and Manatee County is combining some polling precincts due to the lack of workers.

Supervisor of Elections Michael Bennett says St. Patrick’s Day, spring break and concerns about the coronavirus are to blame for a lack of poll workers, but he says they have a solution.

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"What we’re going to do in Manatee County is combine some precincts," said Bennett.

Eight different polling places will be consolidated down to three. Instead of 70 different precincts, there will be 65 on Tuesday.

The following precincts will be affected for the March 17, 2020, Presidential Preference Primary Election:

  • Voters in Precinct 107, Palmetto Point Civic Association, Palmetto: Will now vote at Precinct 201, Family of God United Methodist Church at 5601 16TH Ave E, Palmetto.

  • Voters in Precinct 411, Plantation Village West Rec Hall, Bradenton: Will now vote at Precinct 413, Sara Bay Baptist Chuch at 415 67th Ave W, Bradenton.

  • Voters in Precincts 403, South Manatee Library; 405, Trailer Estates Auditorium; and 407, Midway Church of Christ (All 3 Precincts): Will now vote at Precinct 421, Bayshore Gardens Rec Center at 6919 26th St W, Bradenton.

"Nobody should have to drive more than a mile or a mile and half from where there old precinct was, so it’s fairly close," said Bennett.

Bennett says they picked densely populated areas to consolidate so that voters won’t have to travel far.

He says there will also be people and signs directing voters on where to go on Tuesday.