More than 700 residents of Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, may be voting in a different location for the Nov. 7 general election.

The county commissioners on Tuesday gave approval for the county election board to seek a redistricting of the township’s 1st and 4th voter precincts.

A decision is expected on the matter when it goes before Somerset County Court on Oct. 16.

The changes are being sought because of overcrowding in the 1st Precinct, where voters cast ballots at Conemaugh Township Area High School, county Solicitor Daniel Rullo said.

Under the current configuration, 2,284 registered voters cast their ballots in the 1st Pre-cinct, while only 761 vote in the 4th Precinct at the township municipal building in Tire Hill. By switching 748 voters living in the Laurel View Village area into the 4th Precinct, the distribution will be more even.

“With over 2,200 voters, they have become overwhelmed in Precinct 4,” Rullo said. “It has become a real inconvenience there, causing long delays to vote.

“Meanwhile, the machines at the municipal building are underused. So this move should make the process more convenient for everybody.”

If the changes are approved, the commissioners said the affected residents will receive new voter registration cards and additional instructions.

In addition to the proposed precinct changes, the commissioners said they are again making the county’s touch-screen voting machines available for demonstrations. Groups and organizations interested in hosting a demonstration should contact the county Elections Office.

“We haven’t had many requests for demonstrations over the summer, but now people’s minds are turning back to thinking about the election,” Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes said. “We want to make sure people know those machines are available if they would like a demonstration.”

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