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January 24, 2013

Pinkerton Academy will be Derry voting site

DERRY — It’s official. Pinkerton Academy will be a voting location for future elections.

Town officials hoped to make the high school a permanent location for all voting events and approved the measure earlier this month.

Pinkerton officials gave the town the green light to make the school one of three polling spots for voters.

During November’s general election, Pinkerton was packed with voters.

Voters also used Calvary Bible Church and Gilbert H. Hood Middle School for voting. West Running Brook Middle School was previously used, but officials said with only one entrance in and out, the school was not a feasible choice as a polling location.

Pinkerton will serve Districts 1 and 3. District 2 voters will cast ballots at Calvary Bible Church and District 4 will continue to vote at Hood.

Town Administrator John Anderson said Pinkerton will not charge the town anything to vote there. He said in November some voters got confused about where they were supposed to vote.

“This is so we don’t have people wandering around,” Anderson said. “Our hope is to standardize (voting) forever.”

Anderson said Pinkerton is a good choice to use for local voting and also larger elections.

“Our job is to make life as simple as possible for people to vote,” he said.

Voters will choose town and school officials and will also vote on the school budget March 12.

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