Pleasant Ridge to have 1 voting precinct in 2020

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 29, 2019

 All voters in Pleasant Ridge will be voting in one precinct for elections beginning in 2020. Voting still will take place at the Community Center, 4 Ridge Road.

All voters in Pleasant Ridge will be voting in one precinct for elections beginning in 2020. Voting still will take place at the Community Center, 4 Ridge Road.

File photo by Mike Koury

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PLEASANT RIDGE — Starting in 2020, the city of Pleasant Ridge will be converting to one precinct for its elections.

At the Oct. 15 City Commission meeting, a discussion was held regarding consolidating the city’s two precincts into one beginning with the March 10, 2020, election.

City Manager James Breuckman confirmed in an email that this will be the plan going forward.

“Elections will function the same as they always have since both precincts already voted at (the Community Center),” he stated. “There will be no functional difference in the voting day experience for our residents.”

At the meeting, City Clerk Amy Drealan detailed how Pleasant Ridge has heard from the state every other year that it should look at consolidating its precincts, as the number of registered voters is under the threshold for two precincts, which is 2,999 voters.

For the 2018 midterm election, Pleasant Ridge had 2,352 registered voters.

“We’re under that and I don’t see us going over that anytime soon,” Drealan said. “With the advent of the electronic poll book in our precincts and visiting other precincts and seeing how quickly the inspectors can get voters through with the poll book, I don’t think necessarily going to one precinct would be a bad thing at this point.”

Drealan said Pleasant Ridge will be able to maintain the same amount of voting equipment and the same number of booths, and that there will be one tabulator. She also stated that most of the inspectors will remain the same, though some have indicated that they will not continue because of their uncomfortability with the new technology.

“It wouldn’t reduce the number of inspectors that we needed,” she said. “It would reduce our ballot printing costs. We wouldn’t have to print two different ballot styles. It would just be the one ballot style, and then the other equipment that we need to buy for Election Day would also be reduced.”

According to Drealan, there won’t be a downside to the switch on election days other than a line, which is expected.

She did note that there now are no-reason absentee ballots, and that the city has seen an uptick in people requesting to be on the permanent list for those ballots.

“For us, the line’s the line, and the line is never at the tabulator — it’s always for the booths,” she said. “People … really want to look at that ballot and make sure that you’re voting for who you want to.”

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