Norwich registrars to change polling places again

Norwich — Norwich election officials will change city polling places for the second time in recent months.

The recent redistricting of state House of Representatives seats extended the 139th District into Norwich and shrank the portion of the 47th District that remained in Norwich to the northern corner of the city. The new districts will be used to establish polling precincts.

Democratic Registrar JoAnn Merolla-Martin and Republican Registrar Diane Slopak will ask the City Council Monday to approve the new voting precinct boundaries as aligned with the redrawn state House boundaries. The council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The registrars also plan to change two polling places in time for the upcoming presidential and state legislative and congressional primaries. Voters in the shrunken 47th District, Precinct 1, will cast their ballots at the John M. Moriarty School on Lawler Lane, just outside the newly drawn 47th District line.

Merolla-Martin said no suitable location could be found within the 47th District, and election officials prefer to keep polling places in city schools to avoid building rental fees.

The registrars also said they received a number of complaints about lack of parking at the Wequonnoc School in Taftville as a polling place. So they will ask the council to establish Kelly Middle School as the new polling place for Precinct 2 voters in the 139th House district.

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