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Voters will travel far to polls

Updated: Monday, October 14 2013, 08:16 PM EDT

By: Crissy Clutter


Martins Ferry voters will have to travel to Colerain to cast their ballots on Nov. 5.

The Belmont County Board of Elections got word last week that it couldn't use the Liberty Automotive building, because the structure had been leased.

Some voters tell NEWS9 it will be an inconvenience traveling almost 10 miles on country roads.

"I think it will impact voting this year because a lot of people in our community our older and won't be able to drive up that hill," said Kathleen Kendall, a Martins Ferry resident.

Michael Wilson agreed. He says he will still vote, but for many heading to the polls, it will be a challenge.

"I don't see the point in driving that far, but it's my right as an American, and I am still young, so I will exercise it," said Wilson.

Representatives with the Board of Elections say there are certain guidelines that couldn't be met in the city of Martins Ferry -- time was running out to find a place for voters -- so the Hilltop Social Hall, in Colerain, was designated as voter headquarters.

Voters that can't drive may still cast an absentee ballot.

Voters will travel far to polls

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