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As a teacher in the Great Neck School District, I took exception to the letter published in last week's paper by Marshall Hubsher in espousing why we should only have one school district polling place. Dr. Hubsher evidently did not check his facts.

Dr. Hubsher stated that one reason why Great Neck has two polling places is because they have two high schools and that Great Neck ... "gets 20,000 voters coming out ... while Port Washington only gets 6,000 voters at most, so one polling place is enough." Not only were Dr. Hubsher's figures off, they were not even close. According to the NYSED, less than 2,600 Great Neckers voted in the last school budget election. Imagine that, Great Neck has half the voters and twice the polling places than Port Washington. According to Dr. Hubsher's logic, that would warrant the need for even more than two polling places comparatively to Port Washington. In all seriousness, the reason why Great Neck has two polling places is because the school district has a mantra of serving the community "first" and that includes making the democratic process more accessible.

Dr. Hubsher also claimed in his letter ... "Manhasset and Roslyn ... have about the same voter turnout as Port Washington." However, that is not an accurate statement either. Last year 3,800 Manhasset voters came out to the polls, while only 3,700 Roslyn voters came out to the polls. Last year in Port Washington, over 6,500 voters came out to the polls. So, maybe there is a case here for having more than one polling place. Interestingly, someone even suggested to me, that off-site voting places might even save the school district money. With off-site voting places, we wouldn't have to pay the overtime and double time that we currently have to pay to keep the buildings open, staffed and secured - let alone all the staff needed for parking and traffic control on Campus Drive, too.

Jon Zimmerman


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