(Ed.'s note: The following was sent to several local officials and reprinted here at the writer's request.)
Enclosed is a resolution I plan to offer at an upcoming police district meeting. For reasons which are self-evident in the preamble, I think it will carry. I am going to urge my fellow commissioners to enact this resolution even if the garbage and/or sewer and/or water districts balk and fail to accept this change, in which case, assuming we all continue to vote at the same location, the G., S. and W. districts will still have to post a guard at the following place to protect your voting machines from vandalism or pre-election tinkering until you open at 3 p.m.
Robert W. Persons, Jr.
Representing only himself and some disenfranchised workers who commute out of town, get home late, or work shifts as doctors, nurses, municipal employees and thus cannot vote 3 to 9 p.m.
Resolution No. 98 - (?)
Whereas, in a true democracy, it is desirable that each and every member of the electorate have equal opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote for candidates and issues, and
Whereas keeping the polls open from 3 to 9 p.m. only in Port Washington, New York, deprives many of the electorate an opportunity to vote because their place of work and hours of work mandate their presence away from the voting place during such limited hours, and
Whereas, in the 1998 school district election the number of early morning voters was 41 from 6 to 7; 81 from 7 to 8, 63 from 8 to 9 and 100 from 9 to 10, the total for these four hours being 285, and
Whereas, the difference between the votes for winning and losing candidates in the police district elections in recent years has been: 1971 - 268, 1976 - 257, 1984 - 27, 1986 - 104, 1987 - 201, 1989 - 201, 1993 - 103, 1995 - 11, 1997 - 138.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the polls for the garbage and ashes/police/sewer/water district shall be open for voting from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and
Be it also resolved that the place of voting shall be at a location more familiar to the electorate than the Polish American Hall, such as Flower Hill School all purpose room or Haven Avenue Flower Hill Firehouse.