Hadley’s senior center to become town’s new polling location

  • Hadley’s new Senior Center while still under construction in January 2020. STAFF FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

HADLEY — Hadley’s new senior center will replace Hopkins Academy as the permanent site for in-person voting beginning with the state primary Sept. 1.

The Select Board earlier this month voted unanimously to make the dining room at the 46 Middle St. building the lone polling location.

Town Clerk Jessica Spanknebel made the request to the Secretary of the Commonwealth in the spring because the site offers better parking and would be less disruptive to school activities.

The idea of changing the polling location was being planned before the COVID-19 pandemic, Spanknebel said.

Select Board member Jane Nevinsmith, who is also the chairwoman of the Senior Center Building Committee, said she is enthusiastic about having voters come to the senior center for elections.

“We really like it because it will bring people into this building that they wouldn’t be able to see otherwise,” Nevinsmith said.

A notification is being sent to all Hadley households, even though the state is no longer requiring communities to abide by a state law requiring a 20-day notice when polling places change.

The postcard residents will receive reads, in part, “Due to parking and scheduling issues the Select Board has determined that Hopkins Academy will no longer serve as the Polling Location for our one Precinct.”