The floor is gone. Dust fills the air. People are rushing around trying to find a phone and things are just in a general stage of chaos at the Scioto County Board of Elections, but when the smoke clears, it will be a larger, more functional operation.
“We’re prepping the floor for the carpet, tile and vinyl flooring,” Phil LaJoye, maintenance supervisor for the Scioto County Courthouse, said. ‘This is where they’re putting all the voting machines.”
LaJoye said the move was mandated by the state to get the voting machines out of the hallway and into the actual Board of Elections.
“That room over there used to be the Engineer’s office. We readied a room for them up on the fourth floor and moved them,” LaJoye said. “We had a contractor knock a hole in the wall and we gave all that space to the Board of Elections, minus a small room in the old entrance of the Engineer’s office. There will be two private offices in the back.”
Teresa Knittel, deputy director of the Scioto County Board of Elections, said the new arrangement will give voters more privacy and security.
“It will give us more room to be able to have our board meetings here and it’s going to give us the space we’ve needed for a long time,” Knittel said.
Knittel said the Scioto County Board of Elections voted over 5,000 people at the Board office at the last presidential election.
“We voted over 5,000 in-office and mailed 5,000, and we’re expecting it to be even bigger this election, so we needed the space before this presidential election,” Knittel said.
Knittel said the crew will start laying carpeting on Monday and the expects the project to be completed in the next few weeks. The general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.
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