Muscogee public hearing on Sunday voting set for Thursday

To get Columbus residents’ views on Sunday voting, the Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registrations will host a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room at the City Services Center off Macon Road.

Last year local Democrats pushed Oct. 2 to make a Sunday one of the early voting days in advance of the Nov. 4 General Election, but with Election Day just a month away, the board did not want to change the schedule on such short notice.

Some board members wanted a more deliberative process before proposing a Sunday for early voting.

In 2010, the board was criticized for cutting Columbus’ voting precincts from 48 to 28 with little public notice. At Columbus Council’s urging, the board that year reconsidered the matter, holding public hearings on poll consolidation before approving it on a second vote. Board members last year said they felt they should repeat that process before switching to Sunday voting.