By EAST AURORA NEWS (5/23/2011 9:08:48 PM)
The Aurora Town Board announced that polling locations will change for most town residents for the upcoming referendum on the improvements to the building on Gleed. The referendum is slated for Tuesday June 14th.
Citing financial reasons the town announced that instead of the normal 7 polling locations that town residents are accustomed to, this election will have only four polling locations. Election districts 6 & 7 will remain unchanged; these are located at the Gow School and the West Falls Fire Department on Route 240. The other locations will be the Aurora Senior Citizens Center at King Street and Oakwood Avenue and the Nativity Lutheran Church. During this special election the Nativity Lutheran Church will serve districts 9, 12 & 13. The Senior Center will serve districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11. Those districts represent approximately 55% all registered town voters who will vote at this one location
The town stated that the Board of Elections will send out a notice to all voters to inform them of the change in their polling locations and that they would place signs up at the old locations directing voters to the new location at the Senior Citizen Center. Some residents raised concern that many voters will overlook the notice and that the change in location will adversely affect voter turnout from the districts that have been changed. Even if turnout is lower than in a general election, traffic and parking issues could further hinder voting at the Senior Citizens Center. If the turnout is 20%, that would equate to 174 voters at the West Falls location, 236 at the GOW school and 1544 at the Senior Citizens Center.
As of now the Aurora Senior Citizen Center will be open that day, further limiting available parking for voters.
*Registration numbers are based on 2009 voter registration data
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