How Will New Voting Precincts Affect the Local Election?
This week's You Ask...Patch Answers addresses the different ways new voting precincts will affect a local election in particular
How will new voting precincts affect the Annual Town Election next week?
For the most part the new voting precincts will not change the way most people vote in the Annual Town Election. Foremost, all voters will be voting in the same location, Dunn Gymnasium at Andover High School, and all voters will be using the same ballot.
The largest effect that the new voting precincts will have on the local election process is where some residents will need to check in at the polling location. Voters in what was previously precinct 7 in Andover will need to find the correct line to check in; either 7 or 7a. The same goes for precinct 9 as well; voters will have to know whether they are in precinct 9 or 9a.
Town Clerk Larry Murphy said that the most crucial goal for the town is to train the precinct 7 voters to find the right line.
"We want to get those people used to looking for the 7a line," said Murphy.
The Annual Town Election is next Tuesday, March 26. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.