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October 3, 2012

Council OKs merging Ward 2 polling places

It’s official. All Ward 2 Gloucester residents will vote at the Our Lady of Good Voyage’s youth center, starting this Election Day, Nov. 6.

Monday night, the City Council voted 6-1 in favor of approving the consolidation, with two councilors absent. Joe Ciolino was the lone dissenting vote.

Melissa Cox, the Ward 2 councilor, brought the consolidation forward in an effort to reduce congestion at the Ward 2, Precinct 2 polling place, McPherson Park.

Cox said she’ll work with the Cape Ann Transit Authority and local cab companies to provide McPherson Park residents transportation to and from the Our Lady youth center.

“As long as I’m in office,” Cox said, “no (McPherson Park residents) will be forgotten.”

City Clerk Linda Lowe said she hopes the Ward 2 consolidation will be the first of a few others, though her office and the City Council don’t have plans for further ones yet. Consolidating the city’s 10 — now, nine — polling places, she had said, would make elections more efficient.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 1-978-283-7000 x3455, or sfletcher@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevengdt.

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