To The Editor:
Yes voters, we have voter suppression in Fulton on the east side of the river.
We all have an idea what voter suppression is, but what you may not know is to what lengths groups well go to suppress your ability to vote.
The most recent way is by reducing the number of polling sites; the next is to constantly move the polling sites.
When that doesn’t work what is the next trick?
Oh, let’s move the polling site outside the city of Fulton.
That’s right, that is the latest way of suppressing your ability to vote.
If you don’t know where your polling place has moved to you will not vote.
Now they will send you a little notice where to vote.
I, like most voters, will toss those little notices in the trash without looking.
They have moved the east-side polling site for the maybe the third time.
The contract with the college didn’t get renewed.
The neighborhood polling sites are gone.
The east side use to have as many as four at one time.
Now they are down to two.
One is at the towers downtown, the other one is now outside the city.
Instead of it being at the college where it has been for the past four years, it is now at the Elks Lodge on Pierce Drive outside the city line.
Next thing you know they will move it to the Volney Town Fire Station or Town Hall.
They use a method of finding a polling place that uses categories that can disqualify every past site.
They should look to see what makes the site usable not unusable.
The more polling sites the more people vote.
Now they will say it is a legal polling place according to NYS Election Law.
Yes, it is.
Let’s use the law in our favor, not against us.
All voters! Don’t let this stand.
It’s the east side this time. It could be your polling place the next time.
Stand up for your rights to vote and have a polling site that is convenient for you the voter, not the Election Board.
Polling site for voters in Fourth, Sixth and most of the Fifth wards are now at the Elks Lodge on Pierce Drive.
Now, I wonder if the members of the Elks Lodge are aware of the fact that they will not be able to serve alcohol during polling hours.
In case you don’t know where Pierce Drive is – it is the little street behind the college or just off Maple Avenue.
Let your voices be heard. Call your Board of Elections (349-8350).
Frank Castiglia Jr. Legislator 25th District