MontCo Proposes Local Polling Place Relocations
Voters and poll workers (at top) stand outside the Lower Pottsgrove Municipal Building on Election Day 2020
NORRISTOWN PA – Thousands of Montgomery County registered voters – specifically, some residents of Lower Pottsgrove and Lower Salford townships, the borough of Pottstown, and 10 other municipalities – could be affected in this November’s general elections by polling place changes that were to have been reviewed Thursday (Sept. 23, 2021) by the Montgomery County Election Board.
According to a list accompanying the board agenda, it was scheduled to authorize 26 changes county-wide at the recommendation of Director of Elections Dori Sawyer. They included moving voters of:
- Lower Pottsgrove Precinct 1, who currently cast ballots at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, 1329 Buchert Rd., to Pottsgrove High School, 1345 Kauffman Rd.;
- Lower Pottsgrove Precinct 4, who for many years have voted in the conference room of the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., to Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, 1329 Buchert Rd.;
- Pottstown Precinct 4, from First Church of the Brethren, 371 N. York St., to Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N. Charlotte St.;
- Pottstown Precinct 5, from the College Drive campus of Montgomery County Community College, to First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, 750 N. Evans St.;
- Lower Salford Precinct 2 and Lower Salford Precinct 4, both from that township’s municipal building, 379 Main St., Harleysville, and both to Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Ave.;
- Lower Salford Precinct 5, from Advent Lutheran Church, 470 Landis Rd., Harleysville, to Oak Ridge Elementary School, 465 Moyer Rd.; and
- Lower Salford Precinct 6, from the Harleysville Fire Company, 274 Kulp Rd., Harleysville, also to Oak Ridge Elementary School, 465 Moyer Rd.
For those in the affected Lower Salford and Pottstown precincts, and most others on the list, the proposed moves represent a homecoming of sorts. They are returning to what were their original pre-pandemic locations.
In two other municipalities, Abington and Plymouth, polling places are moving due to construction issues. One in Norristown is moving because the new location was deemed a “more accessible, user-friendly venue.”
In the two Lower Pottsgrove precincts, and also one in Jenkintown, the relocations represent what are described as efforts to “consolidate” precincts in available schools.
The proposals were a topic of discussion raised during Thursday night’s meeting of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ meeting by President Bruce Foltz. Township Manager Ed Wagner said he had not received earlier notice of, and was caught unawares by, the changes. The first he learned of them, he said, was when a county representative “slapped a notice” (like that above) on the front door of the municipal building.
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