City Council to Vote Wed. on Proposed Polling Place Changes: 4 for COVID-19 Safety, 1 for Voter Convenience

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On August 5, 2020, the Somerville City Council voted on––and unanimously approved––the polling changes outlined below.

On Wednesday, August 5, the Somerville City Council held a special meeting

One item on the agenda was a vote on moving five polling places. Four of the changes are being made to allow for necessary COVID-19 safety precautions to be taken. A fifth change, which moves a polling location from the Kennedy School to the Dilboy Post, was made in response to routing concerns voiced by both pedestrians and drivers. This public meeting will be held virtually, and will also include public testimony on Tufts University’s reopening plan. Members of the public can join the meeting live online with GoToWebinar, or by tuning in to Somerville City Cable TV (RCN 613 and 13, Comcast 22).

The polling place changes being voted on are as follows:
Ward 3 Precinct 1
Current Location: Properzi Manor
Proposed Location: Central Library (79 Highland Ave.)
Ward 3 Precinct 3
Current Location: The Dante Club
Proposed Location: The gym at St.Catherine of Genoa Parish (179 Summer St.)
Ward 6 Precinct 1
Current Location: John F. Kennedy School
Proposed Location: George Dilboy Post (351 Summer St.)
Ward 6 Precinct 3
Current Location: Holy Bible Baptist Church
Proposed Location: West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powder House Blvd.)
Ward 7 Precinct 3
Current Location: Visiting Nurse Association at 405 Alewife Brook Pkwy.
Proposed Location: West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powder House Blvd.)
The proposed locations were selected by the City’s Elections Department to provide safer voting locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department took into account factors such as handicap accessibility, proximity to the existing location, and space requirements for social distancing. Election Commissioner Nicholas Salerno inspected each of the proposed locations and submitted his findings in the reports below, which are based on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s regulations for polling place accessibility (950 CMR 51:00).

Ward 3 Precinct 1 Report
Ward 3 Precinct 3 Report
Ward 6 Precinct 1 Report
Ward 6 Precinct 3 Report
Ward 7 Precinct 3 Report
To find your polling location, use the City’s lookup tool at http://www.somervillema.gov/MySomerville.

Vote by Mail
In July, a new law was passed in response to COVID-19 allowing all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail in any 2020 election, with no excuse needed. All Massachusetts voters may choose to vote by mail in both the September 1 State primary and the November 3 general election this year.

All eligible voters who have not already requested an absentee ballot have been mailed a vote-by-mail ballot application.

Applications for a vote-by-mail ballot for the September 1 primary must be received by the City of Somerville Elections Department by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26. Vote-by-mail applications for the November 3 General/Presidential election must be received by October 28. However, we encourage vote-by-mail applications to be returned to the Elections Department as early as possible. You may request a ballot for the September 1 primary election, November 3 general election, or both.

More information on voting by mail is available at http://www.somervillema.gov/Elections.

Important Election Dates and Deadlines
August 22: Last day to register to vote or update your address or party affiliation, before the September 1 primary election.
August 22-28: Early voting at City Hall for September 1 primary.
August 26: Last day to return vote-by-mail application for the September 1 primary.
October 24: Last day to register to vote or update your address or party affiliation before the Nov. 3 general/presidential election.
October 28: Last day to return vote-by-mail application for the Nov. 3 general/presidential election.
November 3: General/Presidential Election.
More Voter Information
Visit http://www.somervillema.gov/Elections for information on how to register to vote, see sample ballots, and find other related information.

For more information on voting by mail, view the Voting by Mail FAQ at sec.state.ma.us, or contact the Elections Office at (617) 625-6600 x4200.

 

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