Panama City-- Elections officials across the state are implementing a bill that changes election procedures.
The new legislation shortens the early voting period from 15 days to 8 days. But the hours will increase from 8 to 12 for each of those days.
Here in Bay County, Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen says the changes will also mean fewer polling places on election day.
"Between absentee and early voting, 52% already had cast their ballot in the last general election. Now, moving to this 12 hours for early voting, that also is going to take away from the election day volume and have less need for the number of polling places because I've got to watch for budget, got to watch for expenditures, and make sure we don't lose anyone in the process,” said Andersen.
The West Bay precinct will definitely be eliminated. Others will be closed or combined with larger polling places.