Federal Inspectors Arrive in Augusta County to Review Polling Places

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY (WHSV) On Monday afternoon, members of the U.S. Justice Department were in the Valley. They will inspect polling places Monday and Tuesday. This inspection is the result of a voter complaint.

Ruth Talmage, the chairwoman of the Augusta County Board of Elections, said the person complained about the location of a voting place in Augusta County.

The polling place in question, the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department is just beyond the district border. When Steve Morris filed the complaint, he said the fire station wasn't equipped to handle handicapped voters.


The district map shows the fire station is just beyond the line, with the Jennings Branch Stream separating it. The polling place has to be there because Talmage says there are no public buildings within the border suitable to serve as voting precincts.

She said the Justice Department asked to tour all the polling places, but it says it will not have to go inside, although it made arrangements anyway.

Talmage said it's frustrating because she said the investigators haven't been forth coming.

"I really am anxious to show these people what the citizens of Augusta County have and what we have done for our handicapped people. I believe this gentleman has done a great disservice to the Department of Justice by making them spend money to come down here. I resent very much that we have to waste the money today and tomorrow," said Talmage.

Talmage also said there are two ramps used for handicapped voters to get into the Churchville voting place in question. She understands the door is heavy, but poll workers watch the door and open it when needed. She also says all of the polling places in the county are handicap accessible.

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