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Bigger Polling Place

EDITORIAL Was Polling Place Big Enough?

EDITORIAL

Was Polling Place Big Enough?

In a tiny village of 1,800 people, should voters, many of retirement age, have to wait in in the rain for a half-hour to vote? Certainly, no.

And yet that was the case Tuesday, Sept. 29, as voters lined up to exercise their franchise at the Cooperstown fire hall on Chestnut Street.

It may have been turnout, given the high interest in breaking the tie in the Mary-Margaret Robbins/Mac Benton race for village trustee.

It may have been the necessary inconvenience of social distancing.

Still, the space wasn’t big enough. The village should explore alternatives – maybe St. Mary’s Church Hall, maybe the high school auditorium, maybe wherever.
It shouldn’t happen again.

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