Doyline residents who vote at the local high school will cast their ballots in an alternate location this Saturday.
The Webster Parish Police Jury made an emergency declaration Tuesday to move the polling place for Precincts 41 and 42. Those residents will vote Saturday at Westlake Baptist Church, located at 2587 Hwy. 163.
"We are making this move now because we can't wait until the end of the week to see if the Explo situation is resolved," police jury president Charlie Walker said. "These people need to know where they are going to vote, and everything has to be set up in advance."
Move of the polling place is in response to the emergency situation at Camp Minden, where some six million pounds of military grade explosive is being packaged and moved.
The community of Doyline has largely been evacuated, and school has been closed as the state police, the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office and other officials take painstaking and cautious steps to eliminate the threat the explosives present to the community.
"Sheriff [Gary] Sexton said he can't promise the removal will be completed by Friday," Clerk of Court Holli Vining said. "So we are taking steps in anticipation that it will not be complete by the election on Saturday."
Vining said Precinct 41 is the largest in Webster Parish as there are 1,692 registered voters in the precinct. Precinct 42 has 513 voters.
"It's very spread out and Westlake Baptist is actually more centrally located for the voters," she said. "Westlake has been very accommodating to us and we want to thank them."