The Huron County Board of Elections is looking to find more space for early voting and would like to take over the space left empty by the health department, which moved to 28 Executive Drive in July.
The building at 180 Milan Ave. houses the county office, commissioners, board of elections and the Huron County Development Council.
“We are working on a plan for the building; there’s a lot of things we’re looking at for the building,” Commissioner Terry Boose said. “At this time we cannot even really do anything with the health department right now because they’re not completely moved out. We can’t just go in there right now and do whatever we want to that space.”
The board of elections originally asked for the entire basement, vacated by the health department. Since the meeting, elections officials have decided on a revised plan, which includes using Meeting Room A.
“I don’t want to spend the taxpayers’ money any more than you do. Ben (Kline) and I have been very frugal down in that office,” said Cecilia Blevins, director of the board of elections. “I think that we have a solution. ... It would be small construction on the inside of that storeroom to make it work for Meeting Room A and if we could use it for the next election.”
Blevins said the board would need to purchase at least two more computers for the upcoming primary election. It also expects a new set of directives to be released for early voting in 2020.
“I don’t want to do something for a month’s worth of use, maybe two, that’s going to tie up the whole building,” Boose said. “We don’t even know for sure it’s going to be needed. We need to sit down and do what’s best for the taxpayers for this whole building.”