Polling place to stay open

MINEVILLE - Plans to close a polling station in Mineville have been scrapped.

Supervisor Tom Scozzafava told the Moriah town board May 11 the Essex County Board of Elections no longer has plans to shut down polling places in Mineville, AuSable Forks, Wadhams and Keene.

Scozzafava said he and other supervisors argued against the closures in the interest of making voting accessible to all residents.

"To the credit of the board of elections," he said, "they listened to us."

In the town of Moriah the board of elections plan was to merge polling places in Mineville and Moriah. Those are the town's largest voting districts, Scozzafava said.

"Moriah has 1,100 registered voters and Mineville-Witherbee about 800," the supervisor said. "Potentially there would have been 2,000 people trying to vote in Moriah. I don't think it would have worked. It wasn't feasible."

The polls were being closed to save money and avoid buying additional electronic voting machines.

Scozzafava said money is a non-issue since the electronic voting machines are being purchased with grant money.

The changes would have taken effect with the September primary election.

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