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Rockville Centre consolidates election districts

Residents of the Village of Rockville Centre will now vote as one election district in the upcoming and subsequent village elections, said Village Administrator Frank Quigley.

The Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to consolidate the village’s 22 election districts to one.

Quigley said one audience member spoke during the discussion period, asking how the voting process would be different for residents.

Quigley said the details have not been worked out, but he envisioned village elections would work like school elections, where all residents would show up to one polling station and be organized alphabetically.

The board will hold another vote by the end of April to consolidate the number of polling stations within its one election district, Quigley said. Currently, there are 10 polling stations and the board will likely vote to have just one, he said.

He said the most likely choice for the polling place will be the village’s recreation center on Oceanside Road.

Quigley said consolidating the election districts will reduce the amount of money the village spends on elections. The cost includes renting space at each polling station, renting voting booths and hiring inspectors.

The last election, in 2009, cost the village $21,000, he said.

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