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York County finalized which 13 polling locations will be combined with others for the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries in January.

About 20 percent of the county's 63 polling locations will be combined with other voting locations, said Wanda Hemphill, director of the York County Registration and Elections Office.

This reduction is a temporary cost-saving measure because the primaries are held separately on consecutive Saturdays -- the Republican primary Jan. 19 and the Democratic primary Jan. 26.

York County joins several South Carolina counties, including Chester, that are saving money this way. Hemphill said additional cost-saving measures might also be taken.

But combining precincts hasn't been without controversy. In Chester, the decision sparked a backlash from some local black leaders who claim the move will deter black and elderly voters from going to the polls. But the commission's director, who is black, has refuted that idea and says the move will save taxpayers more than $26,000.

Newly added York County precincts, such as those created from dividing the museum district, will be open so people get used to voting there, Hemphill said.

Closer to the election, Hemphill said they'll take a lot of measures to get the word out about closed locations and signs will be posted at closed locations telling the voters where to go.

Below are the locations that are being temporarily combined for the primary elections:

• If you normally vote at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, you'll vote at Harold C. Johnson Middle School, 400 E. Jefferson St., York.

• If you normally vote at Beersheba Presbyterian Church, you'll vote at Cotton Belt Elementary, 1176 Black Highway, York.

• If you normally vote at Bethel Elementary School, you'll vote at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie.

• If you normally vote at Bullock Creek Fire Department, you'll vote at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 3952 Woodlawn St., Sharon.

• If you normally vote at Clover Middle School, you'll vote at the Clover school district office, 604 Bethel St., Clover.

• If you normally vote at the Fort Mill school district office, you'll vote at Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, 115 Spratt St., Fort Mill.

• If you normally vote at Richmond Drive Elementary School, you'll vote at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

• If you normally vote at the Rock Hill school district office, you'll vote at Sullivan Middle School, 1825 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill.

• If you normally vote at Rosewood Elementary School, you'll vote at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2115 Celanese Road, Rock Hill.

• If you normally vote at Smyrna Fire Department, you'll vote at Hickory Grove/Sharon School, 4901 Hickory Grove Road, Hickory Grove.

• If you normally vote at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, you'll vote at Flint Hill Fire Department, 1950 U.S. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill.

• If you normally vote at Sylvia Circle Elementary School, you'll vote at ParentSmart (Old Adult Ed. Center), 217 Orange St., Rock Hill.

• If you normally vote at Westminster-Catawba Christian School, you'll vote at Laurel Creek Clubhouse, 4017 Laurel Creek Dr., Rock Hill.

All of the other locations will be open.

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