Voter protests sway Manatee commissioners to add polling site

skennedy@bradenton.comFebruary 25, 2014 

MANATEE — After complaints from the NAACP and others, the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday voted to add a Bradenton polling precinct following a decision to close 30 others earlier this month.

The commission acted after receiving a letter from Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett recommending adding the precinct at Rogers Community United Methodist Church, the letter said.

“This additional precinct will mean shorter commutes to the polls for voters concerned,” he wrote of the church at 1100 15th St. E., Bradenton.

“Through these meetings and discussions, it became clear that by adding one precinct in District 2, we could alleviate many of the issues raised out of concern for the voters of this district,” he wrote.

Commissioners said they received mostly adverse comments about Bennett’s recommendation to close 30 of 99 county polling places, which the board approved in a 6-1 vote Feb. 11.

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