We USED to have our polling place fairly close to us as well as being in close proximity to 4 apartment complexes with hundreds of people/voters.
It was close enough to walk to- also near the I-435 and 87th Street interchange- making it convenient for commuters.
The polls were usually in a Jackson County office annex at 8600 Hillcrest- before- they were located in nearby churches on or near Blue Ridge.
In governmental style- if it ain't broke- FIX IT!
For Election Day- April 6th 2010- the JaCo Board of Elections (BoE) in their Infinite Wisdom decided to move the polling place more than 2 miles (see map image) farther away- to a union hall in the 7800 block of Prospect.
Therefore- today I decided to blow off a 5-mile roundtrip by car just to vote on 2 items.
I'll let you know the reasoning per the election board as soon as I/they can get ahold of someone to tell me why this was done.
Thanks (not!) Jackson County MO BoE- for making it as easy as possible for the (not) voting public....