Last evening, I participated in the Port Washington School District Budget vote and School Board election. I am not writing about the proposed budget, the candidates or the results of the votes. I would like to comment on the voting process.
To obtain a parking permit for the LIRR station parking lot we are required to provide a proof of residency using a number of types of identification. To register at the Manorhaven Pool similar proof is required as well as the section, block and lot number of our residence.
I was surprised last evening when the only proof of residency was a request for my driver's license, and that the friendly volunteer typing the voter registration cards asked my age, citizenship and length of residency.
I was also concerned about the congestion and crowding at the polling place. A single polling place for such an important vote did not seem practical.
Finally, I was chagrined to observe a woman in front of me guessing the name under which she might be registered was it B... or S... How accurate is the registration process? Would it be possible to vote more than once? Many residents were overheard complaining that their voter registration records were lost.
I would like to suggest that the school board consider utilizing the present records and voting system used by the board of elections. The records are in place, the poll locations are well established and would not be crowded and Ms. B..., or was it S..., wouldn't have to wonder under which name she was registered.
Paul J. Berberich Sr.