County polling places changed to promote accessibility

2012-10-31T12:15:00Z 2012-10-31T21:56:36Z County polling places changed to promote accessibilityKelly Voll The Citizen Auburn Citizen
October 31, 2012 12:15 pm  • 

AUBURN | Three former polling places — two in the city of Auburn and one in Springport — have been moved for Election Day, Nov. 6, according to the Cayuga County Board of Elections.

In the city, Legislative District 11's former polling place at Alliance Church has been moved to North Brook Court, 169 Murray St., Auburn. Legislative District 15's former polling place, Holy Family School, has been moved and separated into two new locations — Boyle Center for voters who live west of North Street and Schwartz Towers for voters who live east of North Street.

Voters in Springport used to vote at the Springport Town Offices; they will now go to the Union Springs Fire Department.

Katie Lacey, Democratic commissioner at the board of elections, and Cherl Heary, Republican commissioner, said the changes were made mostly because of accessibility for disabled people and because senior citizens who live in the Boyle Center and Schwartz Towers were having to cross busy streets to be able to vote.

"Katie and I both go out of our way to make sure to make it convenient to vote," Heary said.

To make it easier to vote at Boyle Center, parking meters on Green Street will be covered so voters can park for free and be close to the poll.

The change in Springport was made because the town offices and their parking lot were too small; the fire department offers more space inside the facility and in the parking lot, Lacey said.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Lacey said the absentee ballot process is convenient for anyone who believes they might not be able to make it to the polls on Tuesday. She said the county board of elections will take voters' absentee ballots in person until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

According to the New York State Board of Elections, voters have until Tuesday, Nov. 6 to deliver absentee ballots through someone else to the board of elections. They also can mail them, in which case they must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 5.

"We're not about to deny anybody who's making an effort to vote," Lacey said. "We encourage it."

Staff writer Kelly Voll can be reached at 282-2239 or kelly.voll@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at CitizenVoll.

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