Voting precincts changing for Washington Township residents

Heads up, Washington Township voters.

Before you go to the polls again — which won’t be until 2022 — double-check your precinct and polling place, even if you haven’t moved in years.

Last week, the Brown County Election Board recommended and the Brown County Commissioners approved reconfiguring all of Washington Township’s four voting precincts.

The township includes voters who live inside the town limits of Nashville and voters who live outside town limits but still have Nashville postal addresses. This has caused some confusion in past elections.

When the town had elections in 2019 but the county didn’t, several voters who lived outside the town limits but had Nashville postal addresses went to Town Hall to try to vote, but learned they were not eligible because they didn’t technically live in town.

In years where there is a town election at the same time as county, state and federal elections, in-town Nashville voters are split between the Washington 2 and Washington 3 precincts along with out-of-town voters, putting the burden on election workers to accurately give them an in-town ballot or an out-of-town ballot.

The changes that will take place in 2022 and beyond are:

  • The four voting precincts in Washington Township will be condensed to three.
  • All in-town Nashville voters will be in Washington 2.
  • Out-of-town voters who used to be split between Washington 2 and Washington 3 will now be added to Washington 1.
  • The current Washington 4 will be renamed Washington 3.

It has not been decided yet where each precinct will vote in 2022. In 2020, Washington Township voters went to either Parkview Church of the Nazarene, New Life Community Church or The Pentecostals church in Gnaw Bone.

These changes for Washington Township will not change the districting for Brown County Council, Brown County Commissioners or Brown County school board, according to the resolution the election board signed on Aug. 3.

In June, the Nashville Town Council decided to elect all of its members at-large from among in-town residents instead of requiring three of them to live in specific areas of Nashville. That opened the conversation among members of the county election board into changing all the Washington Township voting precincts as well.