In what could be a precedence setting decision, Milford Selectmen last night, on a two to one vote, with Chairman Brian Murray dissenting, changed the voting locations of residents living in precincts four and six. Bill Buckley and Will Kingkade voted in the affirmative even though Town Clerk Amy Neves had expressed concerns other residents now may ask for a change. Planning Board Member Lena MacCarthy spoke out against the change. The decision means precinct four residents will go to the Portuguese Club and precinct six to the senior center beginning with the April election next year.
There are 1,791 registered voters in precinct four and 2,108 in six. It will cost $3,300 to notify them of the change. Those funds are not in Neves' budget.
As we told you yesterday, some voters told Neves that they are concerned about the precedence that will now be set. Chairman Murray was opposed to the idea since it was raised by Kingkade several weeks ago and he maintained his opposition last night. Buckley worked with Neves despite her concerns. He supported the moves by the voters. Amy said no one had ever been precluded from voting and as for feedback from voters in precinct six, she only heard from a handful about the move to the senior center and the feedback was split between not wanting to change and those who were indifferent. Kingkade raised the issue after the April election.
The voters affected by the changes must be notified by the end of the year.