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Wicomico Library and County Executive At-Odds Over Voting Machine Storage Dilemma

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SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico Public Library is standing up against plans to have the county’s voting machines and voting booths stored on the lower floor of the building it uses on South Division Street downtown.

On Tuesday Dr. Richard Keenan, chairperson for the library's Board of Trustees, said he would not be doing his job if he didn’t try to protect the use of space.

“This is a library,’ Dr. Keenan said, “It is not an optional municipal storage unit.”

County Executive Bob Culver has pointed to the library’s lower floor as the most ideal spot to temporarily house the 32 units, which currently are being held at a storefront on Tilghman Road. Culver points to the fact the county owns the building being used by the library and thus that lower-floor space, which was converted into an entrepreneurial learning center after having been vacated by a separate program. He claims it was never the library’s space to take up in the first place.

The voting machines will need to be moved from their current location because the storefront has secured a more long-term lease from another entity. Culver said the need for a climate-controlled space with a loading dock makes the library the most ideal.

“It is only temporary, a year to a year-and-a-half and it will save taxpayers roughly $90,000 a year because we already own it,” Culver said.

Though a final decision has not been made, Culver said the machines must be moved by Jun. 15. 

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