From the Croton United FB page--read below--see photos at links--an important letter from Don Daubney.
CONCERNS ABOUT ACCESS TO POLLING PLACES--Don Daubney has sent this
letter to the Gazette, expressing his concerns that construction work
and lack of parking at two major polling places will hinder access to
the ballot on November 3, especially among seniors and people with
mobility limitations. We think Don offers a great solution to the
To the Editor:
Three of Croton’s election districts vote at the Municipal Building and two districts vote at the Grand Street Firehouse.
Both of these buildings are currently under construction and I am very
concerned that many people, especially seniors and people with mobility
limitations will be either unable or unwilling to vote at these
locations on Election Day this year. That isn’t something that we as a
community should accept.
Parking at the Municipal Building is limited or nonexistent, and a huge
temporary cell tower restricts access to the only handicapped-accessible
entrance to the building. In addition, a trench several feet deep has
been dug across the entrance to the Grand Street Firehouse, impeding
access there. According to the Westchester County Board of Elections,
however, the village believes both locations are fine to use as polling
places. I disagree.
The Croton Harmon High School is only blocks
away from both of these locations. It has been used as a polling place
in the past. The gymnasium is large enough to accommodate all of the
election districts that vote at both of the other locations, and offers
both unimpeded accessibility and on-site parking. School is closed on
Election Day so no students will be in the building. I believe that this
year, due to the problems associated with access and parking at both of
the other locations, the high school should be used as a polling place.
I’m disappointed that our village board, which should be doing
everything it can to encourage resident participation in the electoral
process, has not chosen to make access to the ballot for all residents a
10/26 update on access - thank you Croton United http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/important-1026-polling-place-update.html