24 new polling sites for Coliseum vote

The Nassau Coliseum. (July 6, 2011) The Nassau Coliseum. (July 6, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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About 60,000 of the almost 900,000 registered voters in Nassau are receiving postcards this week directing them to one of 24 new polling sites for Monday's countywide vote on whether to approve up to $400 million in borrowing for a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league baseball stadium.

The notices, made necessary by construction and other issues at the voters' regular polling sites, are part of Board of Elections preparations for the Aug. 1 vote.

Voters who do not receive notices will go to their regular polling sites.

"Some of [the] unavailable sites are having construction work done or asbestos abatement or are privately owned and just unwilling to do it," said Democratic Elections Commissioner William Biamonte.

The substitute poll sites will be in the same general areas as the voters' usual sites, Biamonte said; a list of the 24 new sites will be available on the Board of Elections website.

Generally, the mechanics of the vote will be the same as in any general election, officials said.

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