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Polling Locations May Be Moved To Middle School For General Election

by Connie Sartini
At the Select Board’s July 13 meeting, Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Board that with the likelihood that the COVID-19 Pandemic and associated protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.) will still be in place, both he and Town Clerk Michael Bouchard “believe we need to start planning now for the election. This election will likely have over 85 percent of our registered voters turning out to vote. With approximately 8400 registered voters, that means almost 7,300 people will vote in this election.
     While early and mail-in voting will be utilized, we expect about 3500-4500 people will vote in the polls that day based on past elections and what happened at the local election in June.
     “That said, the Groton Town Hall (Precinct #3) cannot accommodate 1500 voters, while adhering to social distancing protocols. We can only have three booths in the first-floor meeting room to comply with those protocols. We would like to discuss the possibility/likelihood of allowing voting to take place at the Middle School. This location has the size
and parking to accommodate the expected turnout.”
     Groton voters will use the usual polling locations - COA Building, the Country Club and Town Hall for the September 1 State Primary voting.
     However, for the November 3 Presidential Election, and the expected large turnout, Groton Dunstable Regional School District has agreed to allow the town to use the Middle School as a polling location. This location will he used by Precincts 2 and 3, and possibly (yet to be determined) Precinct 1.
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