PLYMOUTH â€“ Mayor David Merchant announced at Tuesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting that voting for the Nov. 3 election will be held at Terryville High School, but precautions are being taken to make this a smoother process.
The decision, Merchant said, was made by the local registrars, whom he said are doing â€śeverything they can to work out the kinks from last time.â€ť
â€śThis year they are going to have 10 stations set up,â€ť he said. â€śOne of the big hang-ups last time was only having to two places set up.â€ť
Merchant said almost 2,000 ballots have also been sent out locally, which he said should cut down the lines at the high school.
â€śHopefully Terryville High School will be okay,â€ť he said. â€śWe are also going to have more people in there helping people find tables and we are going to have people in the parking lot to help people to park. We're really going to push to make sure all the people park out back.â€ť
Merchant said that the last time votes were cast at the high school it was a â€śdisasterâ€ť, which he said â€śleft a bad taste in a lot of peopleâ€™s mouths.â€ť Residents, he said, have already called to complain. However, the town, he said, is doing everything it can to streamline the process this year.
â€śIt's not going to be the way it was,â€ť he said. â€śThe goal is to make this process as easy and as convenient as possible so that people have a positive outlook on the process.â€ť
Merchant said that he is going to make sure that there are enough volunteers to assist voters.
â€śThey seem to think they have those people,â€ť he said. â€śSo I'm going to keep after them and make sure that it happens that way. But, I think we will be much better. I don't think it's going to be going to be perfect but hopefully it'll be much better.
Merchant also updated the town council on the water main replacement on Route 6, which he said, is â€ścoming along pretty good.â€ť Additionally, he said construction crews have been making more progress at night so there wonâ€™t be alternating traffic during the day anymore.
â€śI had a meeting with them last week and they decided that they could do a whole lot more if they kept working at night,â€ť said Merchant. â€śThey were doing almost 200 feet at night. They said they couldn't do that much during the day. They are making pretty good progress.â€ť
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.