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Putnam Election Officials: Avoid School Buses During Trip to Polls

Folks should expect regular voting conditions—plus students, in some cases.

Putnam election commissioner Anthony G. Scannapieco, Jr. can't remember the last time local schools were in session on the day of a presidential election.

Today, Nov. 6, is Election Day. Brewster administrators, along with those at Carmel and Mahopac, originally planned for a superintendent's conference day so students would not be in class as voters headed to the polls—some of which are located in the schools.

But because Hurricane Sandy hit last week, causing officials to cancel five days of instruction, youngsters in Brewster will be in school today. Carmel's website reflects the same change; Mahopac's does not.

Scannapieco said the Putnam Board of Elections has advised local superintendents to warn folks of potential traffic jams that could occur as school buses arrive or leave the site.

Despite the uncommon atmosphere the mix of students and voters will create at some locations, poll workers are not changing any procedures, Scannapieco told Patch. 

"There are too many variables," he said, adding that presidential races always garner the largest turnout of any elections. "Things will be interesting." 

Polling places—some of which experienced power outages late last week—will be open as usual, officials announced Monday.

Click here for more information about polling locations.

bob cullen November 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Brewster schools I hope told the seniors that they have to leave their cars home today, and take the school bus. Parking is going to be very hard at Brewster HS for voters
Ashley Tarr November 06, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Warning bell at Brewster High rings at 7:48 a.m. Last bell rings at 2:20 p.m.
Ashley Tarr November 06, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I'll ask around and see if that's true Bob. Thanks for commenting.
Susan November 06, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The schools should have stuck with the scheduled day off. Worry about making up days in June. The winter is not even here yet. Are they going to send kids to school in the snow because they missed days already for Sandy? It's so ridiculous.
CK November 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Just another form of voter suppression!

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