By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — After experiencing overcrowding at some voting locations during the 2020 Presidential election, the city of Trussville has added two new voting precincts for future elections.
The facilities that will host the new voting precincts are the Trussville Civic Center and Faith Community Fellowship. The precincts at City Hall, First Baptist Church Trussville and North Park Baptist Church will still be used, but lines have been drawn to change how many people will be at those facilities.
The city has nearly 20,000 registered voters. In 2020, people were forced to stand in line for hours, particularly at the Trussville City Hall location. The line grew all the way to the railroad crossing on South Chalkville Road at one point and local restaurants brought in free food for people waiting to cast their ballots.
Choat said after that heavy turnout, he, along with City Clerk Dan Weinrib and Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight took the issue to Jefferson County Registrar Barry Stephenson. The new lines were drawn for each voting precinct.
“The ones that are affected the most are the ones that have voted at First Baptist Church,” Choat said. “Some of those will now be voting at the Civic Center. Some of those who voted at City Hall will now be voting at First Baptist Church as well as Faith Community Church.”
Choat said City Hall had over 5,000 voters assigned to that location and now it will be just over 2,500.
Registered voters in Trussville will receive a new voter registration card clarifying where their voting precinct will be, before the next election.
Choat said he would’ve like to have seen a voting precinct put on the South Chalkville side of town, but there was not a location large enough that was ADA compliant.
Addresses of each location are:
Trussville City Hall
131 Main St, Trussville, AL 35173
Trussville Civic Center
5381 Trussville Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173
North Park Baptist Church
5700 Deerfoot Pkwy, Trussville, AL 35173
First Baptist Church Trussville
128 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173
Faith Community Fellowship
7660 Gadsden Hwy, Trussville, AL 35173
The new precinct lines can be viewed below. You can find your location on the map to see which precinct you will use. If you cannot find your location on the map, be on the lookout for your new voter registration card.