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Jan. 12, 2007

Oswego County Board of Elections Office to Move Jan. 22

New Board of Elections office at 185 E. Seneca St., Oswego

The Oswego County Board of Elections will move to this building at 185 E. Seneca St., Oswego, on Jan. 22.

The Oswego County Board of Elections will move to a new office at 185 E. Seneca St. in Oswego on Monday, Jan. 22. The board will be housed in Operation Oswego County's Business Expansion Center between East 12th and East 13th streets.

The new location will provide more office space for the Board of Elections staff and includes a large storage space for new electronic voting machines.

Sometime later this year, the manual lever voting machines which have been used for several decades will be replaced by electronic voting machines. The county will be required to store the new machines at the Board of Elections office in order to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act.

Oswego County will lease the new office space from Operation Oswego County, Inc. The County Legislature authorized the move and budgeted money for the office relocation in May.

Nearly all of the construction work was completed by the county Buildings and Grounds staff. They removed several existing walls and built the new office, which includes a long counter with storage cabinets, a work area for the elections staff, a training area for election inspectors, and offices for Election Commissioners William Scriber and Donald Wart. A large warehouse area behind the office will be used to store the new voting machines.

“This will work out extremely well,” said Commissioner Wart. “The Buildings and Grounds crew has done an absolutely fantastic job. The new office gives us more room than we have now, and gives us the ability to store voting machines in the same area.”

An added benefit is that it will be easier for elections staff to test and maintain voting machines. The law requires that the new machines be tested at least four times a year.

“The use of the warehouse space will allow us to make more efficient use of staff time because we won't have to travel around the county to inspect the machines,” said Commissioner Scriber. “We also designed the new office to include a training area for election inspectors. This will expand the training opportunities for people who work at the polls.”

The Board of Elections will be closed Jan. 22 and will re-open Jan. 23. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone numbers will remain 349-8350 for Election Commissioner William Scriber, and 349-8351 for Election Commissioner Wart. The new mailing address is 185 E. Seneca St., Box 9, Oswego.

Voter registration and other forms are available on-line at www.oswegocounty.com/election.shtml

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