On Feb. 12, the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved relocating the Precinct 15 polling location from the Royal Oak Golf Club to Fire Station No. 2, near Woodward Avenue and Coolidge Highway.

On Feb. 12, the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved relocating the Precinct 15 polling location from the Royal Oak Golf Club to Fire Station No. 2, near Woodward Avenue and Coolidge Highway.

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Royal Oak approves move of voting precinct

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 21, 2018

ROYAL OAK —The 1,586 voters in Precinct 15 will have a roomier experience come the Aug. 7 primary and Nov. 6 general elections this year.

On Feb. 12, the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved relocating the precinct’s polling location from the Royal Oak Golf Club to Fire Station No. 2, near Woodward Avenue and Coolidge Highway.

Although the precinct has the smallest number of registered voters in the city’s 33 precincts, Clerk Melanie Halas said her election inspectors liked the location, but they hoped she could find something bigger, so she started looking after the presidential election.

“The fire station is a bigger building and has better lighting,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a better location.”

Halas said finding an ideal voting location for Precinct 15 has been a bit of a challenge.

In 2015, the city moved the precinct’s polling location from the Judson Center to the golf club.

“(The Judson Center) was a great location; however, they were using the rooms that we were using for voting at the time and making them smaller areas for more classes for the children,” Halas said. “I ended up moving the precinct to the Royal Oak Golf Club.”

Prior to that, it was housed in Parker Elementary School, which was demolished, and before that, it was housed in the Fire Station No. 2 building in the 1950s through the early 1980s, which functioned as Fire Station No. 4 at the time, Halas said. 

“The reason why they stopped continuing for it to be a precinct was because, at the time, we had 50 voting locations that were reduced to 33,” she said. “So it wasn’t an issue that they had a problem being a precinct; it was just a consolidation issue.”

She said she met with Fire Chief David Cummins to propose moving the polling location back to the station at Woodward and Coolidge, and he was agreeable to the notion.

“One nice thing about the Fire Department is we’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Cummins said.

He added that the location would likely be in the apparatus room where the department keeps its fire trucks, and the Fire Department would move the trucks to make room for the election equipment.

“It’s the biggest space we have,” Cummins said. “We’re envisioning it set up where people can come through the parking lot for the ball diamonds (at Memorial Park). There’s a sizable parking lot there between Coolidge and Woodward right behind the station, so they can walk right through right there, and come right in and vote.”

“That’s my precinct, and I’m very grateful for this,” Commissioner Kim Gibbs said at the Feb. 12 meeting.

The city also approved the issuance of updated voter ID cards to all registered voters in the precinct. At press time, Halas said the order had been sent to the city’s printer, and residents should receive them in the next approximately two weeks.

For more information, visit romi.gov or call the Clerk’s Office at (248) 246-3050.