Seekonk Selectmen Vote for 1 Polling Station

Selectman Gary Sagar says there should be two.

The Seekonk Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday to continue with the status quo when it comes to elections. In a 4-1 decision, the selectmen decided the town will continue to have all voting done at Seekonk High School.

The dissenting vote came from Selectman Gary Sagar, who wanted to have two polling stations. Sagar also proposed the town hold its annual local election in November rather than April. The selectmen will vote on this possible change during a future meeting.

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Amy November 29, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Mrs. Parker has spoken! The voters are not worth her time or $1,000 per special election.She wants to put this behind her because her office may get busy soon. So,after telling the board what a wonderful job she did,as everyone who contributes to the Patch agrees. Her Assistant’s told the BOS what a wonderful job she did. Then the BOS told Mrs. Parker what a wonderful job she did.Then, they went around the table and gave their rehearsed opinion on why the voters aren’t worth their time or $1,000 from our $40 millionish budget.Mr. Almeida said he was there at 2pm and didn’t see a problem.Mr. Parker said he agreed with Mrs. Parker.Not because she’s his soul mate but because it’s perfect just as it is. He came to this conclusion from sitting in the parking lot all day.He knew who voted by looking at license plates.So it was Unicorns,Rainbows and Sparkle Barbie’s all day here in Sunny Acres. I don’t know what Mr. Cavaco said.I did get that everything was wonderful.Mr. McLintock agreed.Thank you again Mr. Sager for fighting the good fight.I’d like to suggest this go to the voters.There's a special election in November or April? Let us decide what’s best for us.The people I talk to (that don’t work for the town) don’t agree that we are in such dire times, that the town can’t accommodate them. We spend money on consultants,engineers,legal fees etc.if the Town Clerk is overwhelmed by 2 voting locations, then maybe it’s time to move on.
deb of see-attleboro November 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I agree, Amy. I just wish these people would be honest when justifying limiting the voters to one polling place. $1000.00 divided amongst all the voters is about 11 cents per voter. It's hard to swallow, but we must simply accept the fact that the powers that be do not think we are worth 11 cents. Pretty sad, IMO. Especially when the Town Meeting goes ahead and approves more raises for those in the TC's office. Yet you and I are not worth eleven cents . Oh well. You can't fight city hall. I guess it's time to move on! Thanks for the time and research you put into this matter, Gary!
Joe November 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Mr. Sagar keeps saying that people are always complaining to him about this and that, well where are these people when it comes time to back up his complaints?? Why is it that the other selectmen don't seem to be getting phone calls complaining about things? It is about time that Mr. Sagar wakes up and realizes that he was elected to represent the citizens of the WHOLE town and not just the northend.
deb of see-attleboro November 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I think Mr Parker admitted to getting around 10 complaints. And I think Mr Sagar is representing the WHOLE town. The two polling places he suggested were the library for precincts 1,2 and the Seekonk Congregational Church for 3,4.
Amy November 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Joe it seems the majority that work for the town or, have worked for the town have no issue. To Deb's point, Mr. Sagar is representing the entire town not just the North End. I don't care where the locations are they can figure it out as long as it's easier for all 4 Precincts. Not everyone will openly complain to Town officials, look at what happend to Mrs. Huck. Yikes! There is a special town meeting coming up. Put in on for a vote. That's fair.
deb of see-attleboro November 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Forget about it, Amy. It's over. They won. Besides, if we put it to a vote at a town meeting, the Parker's will be supported overwhelmingly. Why give them the opportunity? They're just toyin' with us.
Joyce Leven November 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
or you could host at Aitken School and Martin School which would serve both ends of the town well.
deb of see-attleboro November 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
If there were to be any changes (which there won't) I think the objective should be to get out of the schools all together.
baitcutter02 December 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
both of these are way too small to do two precints-- do the reaserch first and make suggestions after--- we dont have two locations in this town that would handle a presidential election if we got out of all the schools -- he actually said he got around 10 over three years not this year--
baitcutter02 December 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
only been here a few years but very clear that the clerks handling of this issue is for the benifit of the whole town and the recent election proved it --we had no problems-- sounds like you have a personnal issue not a town concern
baitcutter02 December 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I hope to see your name on the ballot this april as you seem to have all the answers every thursday morning after the selectmen meet-- they never do the right thing so I hope you will get on the ballot and help instead of taking cheap shots every week with no info to back them -- thats why I left rhode island--all talk and no action !!


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