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Voting at grange, at least for next two elections

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Guiding Star Grange on Chapman St

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Guiding Star Grange on Chapman St

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Guiding Star Grange on Chapman St

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Guiding Star Grange on Chapman St

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Guiding Star Grange on Chapman St
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Guiding Star Grange on Chapman St

GREENFIELD — The town will hold at least the next two elections at the Guiding Star Grange on Chapman Street, even though town officials acknowledge it isn’t the best spot.

Town Clerk Maureen Winseck said the grange is accessible, including a ramp and a chair lift. She said it is also one of the larger spaces the town considered.

Winseck said it may not be the ideal spot, but the town plans to make it work.

The town had to change the location of its election polls, because construction is beginning on the new high school. The polls have been in the high school gymnasium for several years.

Winseck said she believes there is room in the grange parking lot for about 50 cars.

“I don’t think we’ll have many problems with parking,” she said. “Poll workers will be parking off site on the side streets.”

She said she doesn’t expect there to be any major disruptions to the residents of that area.

“We will use two stories of the building for voting,” said Winseck. “Precincts 1 through 5 will be on the main floor, and Precincts 6 through 9 will be in the basement.”

Winseck said she will probably hire one or two more people than usual so that they can direct people where to go.

She said it will cost the town a total of $1,000 to rent the space for the two elections. It will cost $500 to hold the state special election on Tuesday and $500 to hold the state and town elections on June 25.

Winseck said the town will offer the same shuttle service it has always offered.

“We are suggesting that people either carpool to the grange or drive or walk to one of the shuttle locations and take the shuttle,” said Winseck. “That will cut down on traffic.”

Polls, during both the April and June elections, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The town had originally decided to locate half of the precinct polls at the grange and the other half in the design center on the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street.

Since then, a “no trespass” order has been issued on the Lunt property by its owners and the Bankruptcy Court handling its sale, so the town had to move all of its polls to the grange.

A list of shuttle locations and times will be released shortly, according to the town clerk’s office.

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