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Lowville polling site back to fire hall after seven-year hiatus

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LOWVILLE — Town and village residents once again will vote at the Lowville fire hall after a seven-year hiatus.

“The Lowville fire hall provides parking, handicapped accessibility and nice accommodations for our workers,” said Ann M. Nortz, Lewis County Republican election commissioner.

The site is also a familiar landmark, she said.

Lowville residents used to vote in the fire hall off North State Street, but the polling site in 2007 was moved to the gymnasium of the former St. Peter’s Catholic School off Trinity Avenue following the closure of the parochial school.

The primary impetus for the move was that parking around the fire hall at the time was limited because of the ongoing construction of a new county courthouse, but that is no longer an issue, Mrs. Nortz said.

The county in 2008 then moved the Board of Elections office into leased space at the former St. Peter’s School. However, in June, several county offices, including elections, were moved from the old school building to make way for the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services to use it to house its alternative education program.

The new Board of Elections office location in the first floor of the Lowville Commons building off South State Street was able to serve as a polling site for last month’s primary election, since only Republican and Conservative voters participated.

However, that site would not provide sufficient space to hold a general election with five election districts, election officials said.

Letters are being sent to the nearly 1,800 households with registered voters in the town and village.

Lowville has 2,783 registered voters, according to Board of Elections records.

County election officials also said they plan to post sample ballots soon for the Nov. 5 general election for all 17 towns on the county website: www.lewiscountyny.org.

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