Letter: Polling place moves keeping this long-time voter at home


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Posted Online: April 06, 2013, 11:00 pm
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For the first time since I registered to vote 57 years ago, I will not be casting a ballot.

I absolutely refuse to go to the Coe Township Building.

I feel like County Clerk Karen Kinney is trying to take away the voting rights of the people of upper Rock Island County. We had our voting place at the Village Hall for many years. I worked as an election judge for about 20 of those. It is a straight shot in the door, plenty of parking, no steps.

They then moved us to Rapids City Village Hall. Hardly any parking, a good distance to walk and many steps. Now, we are at the township barn.
I voted on the trolley last election. It was an hour and a half late. We stood outside in the cold waiting for our turn. When I asked the lady if they were going to stay longer because they were late, she said no.

At the last election at the barn, voters had to stand in the rain before somebody moved equipment around so they could all get inside.
The previous year I had to go to Cordova to meet the trolley because they didn't think Port Byron was worthy of a trolley.

A friend told me he would not vote this time, either. He said, "We live in Port Byron Township, not Coe Township."

When Ms. Kinney comes up for reelection, I hope she doesn't have to depend on the upper county as her level of support is slim to none; mostly none.

Please, please, please, move our voting place back to the Port Byron Village Hall.

Jeanine Ingalls,
Port Byron















 




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