Madison County Election Commissioners were in panic mode Tuesday after a local church said their could not use the building as a voting precinct for the upcoming June primaries due to Vacation Bible School.

District 5 Election Commissioner Leroy Lacy told supervisors Tuesday night that Grace Crossing Baptist Church a 598 Yandell Road won’t allow the election to be held in the building.

Lacy said the contract they have is with Grace Crossing’s predecessor. Grace Crossing has received checks for rent for prior elections.

Lacy said they were first made aware of the issue in December but didn’t bring it to the attention of supervisors until Tuesday.

He said after meeting the with pastor, Kevin Cooper, they were told told they could hold the election there under certain conditions. Those conditions include bringing in a modular building to put on the church grounds, parking in the gravel parking lot and not in the asphalt parking lot, and having sheriff’s deputies stand guard throughout the day.

Lacy said the precinct has approximately 2,900 voters and is split between District 1,4 and 5.

“I need this board’s help in order to create me a precinct to have an election June 5,” Lacy said.

County Administrator Shelton Vance said he was made aware of the issue over the weekend and wasn’t able to get cost estimates on renting a building.

“There’s some logistical items the church has presented,” Vance added, though he was confident if he had a chance to talk with the pastor they could work through some of the issues.

On Wednesday morning, Cooper said they should have everything worked out now.

“We have been working with Mr. Lacy and met with Shelton Vance this morning,” Cooper said. “We’ve got it covered. We’re going to be able to work it out. It’s a non-issue for us.”

Cooper said they will have about 300 people on the campus for Vacation Bible School and that number has grown considerably since the June 2014 election, where they were able to isolate voting to a different spot on campus.

Board President Sheila Jones asked if they could use the schools since they are closed in the summer. Lacy said the previous superintendent did not want the schools to be used.