The good fight was won, and a poll site switch will give residents an easier travel route straight to the ballots.
Councilmember Eric Ulrich wrote to the Board of Elections (BOE) in September on behalf of Tudor Village voters, whose poll site was switched from P.S. 63 in Ozone Park to P.S. 232 in Lindenwood.
“The Board of Elections should be making it easier, not harder, for people to vote,” Ulrich said.
In order to get to P.S. 232, Tudor Village residents would have to cross the Belt Parkway. Ulrich said this task is “nearly impossible” without a car, and since the change was made, voter turnout from the area had decreased and “residents remain concerned about their ability to make it to the polls in the future.”
Michael Ryan, BOE executive director, responded to Ulrich and said these voters will be assigned to vote at J.H.S. 202 in Ozone Park, just in time for the November general election.
“This change will certainly be more convenient and will enhance the safety of the voters as they will no longer be required to cross a busy thoroughfare to exercise their right to vote,” Ryan said.
J.H.S. 202 is less than a mile from Tudor Village’s initial P.S. 63 poll site.
“I am pleased that the BOE was able to accommodate the residents of Tudor Village. By making it easier for them to exercise their right to vote, we are ensuring that every voice can be heard on Election Day,” Ulrich said.