Forrest Co. District 2 voting precinct moves from USO to Eureka

By HASKEL BURNS,

Some Forrest County voters in District 2 will soon switch to a different voting precinct on election days.

Members of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors recently approved the relocation of the precinct at the African American Military History Museum, 305 E. Sixth St., to the Eureka School building at 412 E. Sixth St.

“We’re going to move to the Eureka cafeteria – there’s a little place that they use for meetings,” District 2 Supervisor Charles Marshall said. “It’s bigger (than the museum), and we won’t be inconveniencing the museum.

“(Eureka) has plenty of parking, and it’s handicapped accessible and everything.”

The change became effective May 1, and the new precinct is officially known as the Eureka School Precinct.

In recent years, officials from the Hattiesburg Convention Commission have begun renovations on the Eureka School building, which was built in 1921 and housed students until 1987. Plans are to turn the facility into an African American Heritage and Cultural Museum as part of a museum district downtown.

“The African American museum had less room, and (moving to Eureka) will cause less disruptions for them,” said David Hogan, president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. “And the Eureka School is newly renovated and larger and more spacious, and the board just felt like it would be a better place to conduct the elections.”

Election commissioners and other officials will send out cards to everyone who votes at the precinct to let them know of the change.

“And we’re going to put a sign in front of the USO telling them to vote at Eureka,” Marshall said. “We’re trying our best to make sure everybody knows about it, so there won’t be any confusion.”