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East Ramapo School District looks to reorganize its polling locations for Election Day

Plan would add new sites to Monsey, combine others at school and shift voters

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The East Ramapo School District says it has had overcrowding issues on past election days and it has a proposal to change its boundaries because of it.

The new polling sites would be in the hamlet of Monsey. The plan would be to combine polls at Margetts Elementary and Chestnut Ride Middle School. The plan also includes shifting some voters from Spring Valley High School to the Kurtz Center.

The Spring Valley NAACP along with others opposes the idea and has asked the board to hold off on any change for a year. They say this would give them time to look into possibly improvements at places where voter turnout is usually low.

Polling places were recently open in June for a revised school budget vote, which passed.

On the district's website, a letter asked for volunteers to serve on a committee the board of education is forming made up of board members, staff, community members and the state education monitor. The committee would get feedback on redistricting and go over it the next three months. The deadline was Tuesday. It is unknown when the group would need to have its own proposal.

The idea of re-districting came by the state-appointed team overseeing the troubled school district. Polling sites haven't changed since 1994.

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