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Scrutinized Augusta Polling Precinct Prepares for Election Day

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There are still questions about a voting precinct in Augusta County that faced scrutiny over the summer. In July, the Department of Justice inspected all the polling sites for handicap accessibility and a spot in Churchville came up short.

Originally, members of the Augusta County Electoral Board said they were supposed to hear back on the findings by late August. Three months later, they say they're still waiting. Now Steve Morris, who filed the complaints, says he's still concerned about how things will go Tuesday.

"Voting is supposed to be accessible. It's not supposed to be a hardship on people,” Morris said.

After writing to county leaders for years, Morris got in touch with the Department of Justice about the Churchville Volunteer Fire and Rescue building being used as a voting precinct. This summer he told NBC29 he was unhappy with the site because the doors open inward and not outward, require a key card to get in and, he feels, it's too congested to operate safely.

"You have three vehicles parked there, you have the fire truck setting over here, and if you have a bad call or if you have other vehicles that have to come in here, it might be such a thing that they can't even get in here to vote. The entrance might be blocked,” Morris said.

Morris says he was surprised to hear officials say everything remained in place as it was before.

"When I read in the paper Saturday that they hadn't made changes, and then I can clearly see on Election Day tomorrow, there will be some changes, they have made changes, they are not being truthful,” Morris said.

But General Registrar Brandi Lilly disagrees.

"We have worked with the Augusta County Building Inspection and made all necessary changes to the precinct to make sure that it is as easy as possible for our voters to go in and it is accessible to everyone. The precinct is up to date and will be fine for Election Day,” Lilly said.

Lilly says the electoral board has not heard a word from the DOJ since inspectors visited this summer, and so they are continuing to set up and run things as before.

"We are proceeding with the process. We have a lot of preparation to do for the election, and so everything has been done and is in place. So we're proceeding as always,” Lilly said.

Lilly says they have not made any changes to the polling locations since redistricting happened in 2011, and to their knowledge they are in full compliance of all disability requirements.

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