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We do not need more than one polling place and should only have one polling place in Port Washington. There are 794 School districts in New York State. Only 22 districts have more than one polling place. The only districts that have two polling places are the ones that have two high schools in their district or have one school district for a whole county.

Great Neck has two polling places, because they have two high schools and their square area is twice the size of Port Washington. In addition, in their school budget elections, they get 20,000 voters coming out. Port Washington gets only 6,000 voters at most, so one polling place is enough.

Plainview-Old Bethpage has two polling places, because they combined two school districts. There is one polling place for Plainview and one for Old Bethpage.

Manhasset and Roslyn have only one polling place and those districts have about the same voter turnout as Port Washington.

I live in Sands Point, the furthest village from the polling place, but I don't want another polling place closer to Sands Point. There is no reason for it. If someone really wants to vote they will find a way to get to the polling place before 10 p.m.

There is no need for the extra expense nor the extra personnel of a second polling place.

For one day a year, it is not so terrible if the traffic is more than usual on Campus Drive.

Marshall Hubsher MD


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