Crawford County commissioners are expected to approve a formal policy governing access to the media room on election nights at their meeting Wednesday.

The policy would restrict access to the room following a busy media room scene on the night of the primary elections in May and has already been approved by the Crawford County Board of Elections. Commissioners discussed the policy during their work session last week.

“After the last election, we did have members of the public who were not candidates or employees who did want to come in,” Director of Elections Rebecca Little told commissioners during their work session last week. “We ended up with a very full room. It didn’t get out of control, but it wasn’t a good situation.”

Under the new policy, Little said, courthouse employees who wish to access their offices on election night would only be allowed into those offices and would not be allowed into the commissioners conference room that serves as the election-night media room. Members of the public would not be allowed in the courthouse after the usual 4:30 p.m. closing time. Members of the media would be required to contact county authorities in advance of election night for media room access.

The new policy would bring election night policies into agreement with general after-hours policies for the courthouse, Little added.

Mike Crowley can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mcrowley@meadvilletribune.com.

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