New Polling Places for Some in 2012 Elections
By Kevin Rudden Staff Reporter/Columnist · December 15, 2011
This map shows the location and boundaries of the eight new voting precincts. Map courtesy of the Town of Milford Town Clerk's office.
With an eighth voting precinct being added due to the increase in the town's population reported in the federal 2010 Census, some Milford voters will have new polling places for the four elections scheduled during 2012. The Board of Selectmen agreed on November 28 with Town Clerk Amy Hennessy Neves' recommendation to have these voting locations:
• Precincts 1 and 4 – Milford Senior Center (previously where Precincts 1 and 3 voted)
• Precincts 2 and 3 – Italian-American War Veterans Hall (previously where Precinct 2 voted)
• Precincts 5, 6, 7 and 8 – Portuguese Club (previously where Precincts 4, 5, 6 and 7 voted)
The four elections being held next year are:
• Presidential Primary Election: March 6, 2012 (Tuesday)
• Milford Town Election: April 2, 2012 (Monday)
• State Primary Election: September 6, 2012 (Thursday)
• State Election: November 6, 2012 (Tuesday)
Neves told selectmen she discussed the proposed new precinct voting locations with Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin, Fire Chief John Touhey and School Superintendent Robert Tremblay, with all favoring not having voting take place within a school building. Selectmen Chairman Dino DeBartolomeis said the Police Department will provide adequate traffic control at all three polling locations.
The 2010 Census found Milford's population grew to 27,999, necessitating the need to add an eighth precinct. Milford's last major change in voting came in 1988, when the town went from five to seven precincts, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office. Its guidelines call for each voting precinct to have roughly the same number of residents. Milford's new precincts have the following populations: Precinct 1: 3,540; Precinct 2: 3,500; Precinct 3: 3,338; Precinct 4: 3,635; Precinct 5: 3,534; Precinct 6: 3,592; Precinct 7: 3,372; and, Precinct 8: 3,488.