COFFEE CO., Ala. (WDHN) — The Coffee County Commission took the controversial step to permanently shut down two of its 29 voting houses.

County officials say many poll workers are elderly and are afraid of catching COVID.

This voting house in the rural Victoria Community along with the Chestnut Grove precinct date back to the horse and buggy days, but county officials say there are other voting houses just a few miles away, and that
it’s time to consolidate.

Board of Registrars worker Denine Richey says those residents who are affected by the closure of the two voting houses will be notified by mail of where they are supposed to cast their ballot.

The elimination of Victoria and Chestnut Grove will be in effect for the May primary.