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Polls may move before RMV does

Subcommittee backs precautionary option

May 03, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Registry of Motor Vehicles isn't even here yet and it's prompting an important local function to move.

But it's not the one everybody thinks — not the Senior Center.

Monday night, Town Clerk Madaline Daoust got the thumbs up from the General Government subcommittee (pending likely full council OK) to move the Precinct 5 polling place out of the Casaubon Center. For all future elections, it will join three other precincts at the Armory, starting with the June 29 town election.

"If something happens with Casaubon, we won't be stuck for time," she said. "I'd rather let [the voters] know sooner rather than later."

Precinct 5 currently has around 2,000 voters. The day after the council approves the move, Daoust plans to mail out formal notices of the move to all of them. She noted the state requires 20 days' notice of such a change, but doing it now means "we're well within that."

The proposal prompted Councilor Cathy Nikolla — who is, coincidentally, a Precinct 5 voter — to remark, "I don't know why we just don't do it" all at the Armory.

With the move, one precinct — No. 2 — remains at West Street School, the last vestige of when all of the polling places were in local schools. Daoust said the others moved to the Armory during her first term as town clerk, but West Street School has the ability to seal its gymnasium off from the rest of the school, so voters won't wander around the building.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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