The Chatham Board of Elections’ proposal to merge and split precincts is a bad idea

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To the Editor:

The Chatham County Board of Elections has proposed splitting Oakland and Manns Chapel precincts, and combining four rural precincts. Merging precincts, Albright with Hadley and Bennett with Harpers Crossroads, is objectionable. This change would make it more difficult for citizens in these rural parts of our county to vote on election day.

When I ran for the state house (Dist. 54) in 2010 it became quite apparent how large Chatham County is — 709 square miles to be exact. Citizens in urban areas already have conveniences nearby. These proposed changes would add many more miles for rural citizens to travel, thereby making it more difficult to vote. I oppose these proposed changes.

Cathy Wright

Chapel Hill

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