Dover City Council voted unanimously to increase the polling places for the Tuesday, April 21, council election from one to three.

    Those polling places will be the Elks Lodge, 200 Saulsbury Road, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 647 Wyoming Ave., and Dover Parks and Recreation, 1210 White Oak Road.
 
   This was contrary to the recommendation of the Dover Election Board, which met Feb. 19, and decided to utilize only one polling place to save the city money.

    According to the minutes, board member Ruth Morris noted the 2007 Special Mayoral Election used three polling places and cost approximately $12,000. Eliminating one or two would save the city approximately $4,000, she added.

    Councilwoman Beverly Williams made the motion so that if the election costs more than the $9,000 budgeted, extra funds could be drawn from the general fund.
 
   “I don’t think there’s any better expenditure than bringing the elections to more people through convenient polling places and increasing the number of polling places because it really — in the most direct way — allows the public to have the most say in how their money is being spent,” she said.

    The 2009 Municipal Election will decide three contested seats on the nine-member council: at large, First District and Second District.

Email Jayne Gest at jayne.gest@doverpost.com