Selectmen approve new permanent polling locations
When Saugus residents go to the polls to vote in the state elections this fall, there will be four new permanent polling locations. There had been some talk about consolidating the voting locations for all 10 of the town precincts into one polling spot – possibly the new Saugus Middle-High School.
“With 10 precincts and 20,000-plus voters, it’s just not doable,” Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena told selectmen at Tuesday (June 14) night’s meeting of the logistics of creating one polling location.
“We can’t sustain one location,” she said.
Instead, voters will be going to six different locations, with four of them serving two precincts, under a plan approved by selectmen. The locations will serve the town for the next 10 years. The changes in the polling locations:
- Precinct 1 moving from the American Legion Hall on Taylor Street to the Saugus Middle-High School
- Precinct 3 moving from Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation Center to the Saugus Senior Center
- Precinct 5 moving from the Lynnhurst Elementary School to the Saugus Senior Center
- Precinct 9 moving from the Oaklandvale Elementary School to the Saugus Middle-High School
Schena said the other six polling locations will remain the same.
She explained the reason for the polling location changes in an email to The Saugus Advocate. “The Oaklandvale and Lynnhurst schools are now closed and given back to the town,” Schena wrote.
“The American Legion we haven’t used in over 2 years because the State deemed it too small for the size of the precincts (growth in town). With regards to Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation Center we stopped using them because of Covid but also, since their construction the area/room they had given us to use was too small for the size of the precinct (growth in town),” the town clerk said.
The Town Clerk’s Office will be mailing an election card to all Head of Households in Saugus informing voters of their Polling Location for the upcoming elections, she added.
Precinct Polling Locations as of 2022
1 Saugus Middle High School Complex – 1 Pearce Memorial Drive
2 Veterans Early Learning Center – 39 Hurd Avenue
3 Saugus Senior Center – 466 Central Street
4 Belmonte STEAM Academy – 25 Dow Street
5 Saugus Senior Center – 466 Central Street
6 Veterans Early Learning Center – 39 Hurd Avenue
7 Knight of Columbus – 57 Appleton Street
8 Belmonte STEAM Academy – 25 Dow Street
9 Saugus Middle/High School Complex – 1 Pearce Memorial Drive
10 Italian American Club – 1 Beachview Avenue
(Editor’s Note: This information was provided by the Saugus Town Clerk’s Office.)