Mobility-impaired get new poll site in Montpelier
MONTPELIER — Because an elevator is out of order at City Hall, the city said Monday it has shifted Town Meeting Day voting for certain residents with mobility restrictions to the Montpelier Police Department.
Because the elevator likely won’t be repaired in time for the March 5 vote, City Clerk John Odum announced that the election will remain in its traditional location at City Hall but voters who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes will be able to vote in the community room of the police station. The station is directly behind City Hall.
Poll workers will be stationed at the door to assist. The vote-by-phone system for visually impaired voters will remain at its usual location in the City Hall auditorium.
Odum said in a news release that he consulted the Vermont Center for Independent Living and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired along with the city Board of Civil Authority and other department heads.
Polls are to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Town Meeting Day. Early voting is already under way in the city clerk’s office and by absentee ballot.
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