WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Town Clerk Tina Touma-Conway is confident that Election Day voting at the Shriners Auditorium this Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 7am to 8pm, will run smoothly.
On Monday, Touma-Conway announced that more than 11,500 Wilmington residents have voted early in this year’s presidential election, representing nearly 65% of the town’s registered voters.
“The good news is we’ve processed a lot of early ballots, so I don’t there’s going to be lines and lines of people at all,” Touma-Conway recently told the Board of Selectmen. “I think it’s going to flow in and out very well.”
“We’ll have two entrances — the main entrance and the rear of the building. We’ll have people at both entrances to make sure people know where their precinct is… When voters walk through the doors, they’ll be greeted and their precinct will be ascertained. They’ll be told where to go,” continued Touma-Conway. “Each precinct has been color coded. People throughout the auditorium will be guides for those who need help finding their precincts.”
Touma-Conway noted that any voters who need help getting around will have access to motorized scooters and wheelchairs.
The Police Department and Public Works were consulted to come up with the best possible traffic flow for the site.
“When voters drive in, they’ll take a right into the parking lot from Fordham Road,” said Touma-Conway. “There will be signs in the back of the building where the handicap parking is. There will be police officers on both sides… Sign holders will be allowed in the grassy area before you enter the parking lot or down along Fordham Road.”
Touma-Conway noted that the town has received a $8,600 grant from a philanthropic organization that covers almost all of the extra expenses incurred by moving all Election Day voting to the Shriners Auditorium.
Wilmington Selectmen praised Touma-Conway and her department for the successful early voting and all the planning that has gone into the Election Day.
“I’ve received a podcast, a reverse 911, and an email. Your efforts in communicating have been above and beyond,” Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony told Touma-Conway. “Hopefully every resident knows how they can vote at this point. I commend you for all your hard work.”
“You’ve done a great job in tough times,” agreed Selectman Gary DePalma. “We appreciate everything you’re doing. We look forward to getting this election done.”
“I have a great staff. And the Recreation Department has become Town Clerk Office South. And we’ve had a lot of election workers in to help us run early voting and process ballots. It’s been a team effort that has worked out well,” responded Touma-Conway.
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