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Lewis officials reducing polling sites by four for primary

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LOWVILLE — Lewis County election officials have reduced the number of polling sites from 19 to 15 for Tuesday’s primary elections in order to save some money.

“Being fiscally responsible, the Board of Elections decided to combine voting districts within the townships,” said Republican Election Commissioner Ann M. Nortz.

Most of the 17 Lewis County towns will feature Republican, Democratic or Conservative primaries for elected offices.

And, thanks to a countywide primary for Conservative Party members to select a delegate and alternate for the upcoming Fifth Judicial District judicial nominating convention, residents of all towns must have a place to vote.

However, with no registered Conservatives in the town of Montague and very few in a few other towns, it didn’t make sense to staff all possible polling sites knowing that some would get little to no business, according to Lindsay I. Burriss, the county’s Democratic election commissioner.

Because of the combined justice position created a few years ago, residents in the three Tug Hill towns of Harrisburg, Montague and Pinckney may all vote in a single location, the Harrisburg municipal building on Cobb Road, the commissioners said.

A town of Leyden polling site in Talcottville will also be closed, with all town residents voting at the town of Leyden and village of Port Leyden justice building on Mechanic Street.

A town of West Turin site in Lyons Falls also will be closed, with all residents of that town voting at the Constableville fire hall on Main Street.

Election officials said they expect to save roughly $1,000 for each of the four closed sites.

Voters in the county’s largest town, Lowville, also will see a change this year.

All Lowville residents will be voting at the county Board of Elections’ new site in the first floor of the Lowville Commons building off South State Street. Voters will be asked to come in the rear entrance off the parking lot.

County election officials for the past several years have used the gymnasium at the former St. Peter’s Catholic School off Shady Avenue as the Lowville polling site.

However, the county in June moved several offices, including elections, from the old school building to make way for the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services to use it to house its alternative-education program. That program has been held at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center campus in Glenfield, but students in the full-day program had no access to gymnasium or cafeteria facilities at that site.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. for the primary elections.

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