LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Coast residents wanting to vote in mayoral and city council races are urged to double check where they will cast their ballots. The last city elections were four years ago, before Hurricane Katrina.
Long Beach is one of many coast towns that lost polling places in the storm. Long Beach City Clerk Becky Schruff says because of that, the Board of Aldermen has designated new voting precincts for people living in wards one, two, and three.
She's worried voters may become confused and go the wrong place on May fifth.
"Wards one, two and three have changed," said Schruff. "Since Katrina hit, they have voted in county, state and federal elections at the Espy Avenue Civic Center. That will not be the case in this election. They will vote at the new voting precincts that have been designated by the Board of Aldermen. I just want to make sure they don't drive all the way to Espy Avenue to vote and find that's not where they need to be."
The new precincts for city elections in Long Beach are:
Ward 1 - United Methodist Church on Pine Street
Ward 2 - Long Beach Public Library on Jeff Davis Avenue
Ward 3 - USM Technology Learning Center on East Beach Blvd.
Other cities have also made changes in regards to precincts in the upcoming city races. The best way to know where to vote is by calling your local city clerk. Click here for a list of city clerk phone numbers.
Schruff also encourages voters to make sure their personal information is up to date.