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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 11:32 AM
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21. The ward outlines were redrawn because of population shifts.
These places are all outside the city and have experienced a major increase in population. I believe the limit for a precinct is somewhere around 1200 "active" voters. This is obviously a difficult number to track given the people moving, new registers and people who are registered but haven't voted for a while.

As for consolidating polling places, one reason I mentioned above is for handicap access. Older polling places often do not meet the requirements. One of them is a door threshold limit of 1/2 inch in height. Another thing that has happen since 9/11 is many schools no longer want the polling places in their building.

I think the election board also has trouble getting enough workers to man the polling places and this might influence some decisions. I have worked the polls for over 15 years and I don't see too many new faces. I would suggest to everyone who complains about the system to sign up and work the polls and see what the problems and trials are firsthand.
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