Republican-backed candidates running for three seats on the Long Beach City Council want West School to reopen as one of the city’s six polling sites for the Nov. 5 election, saying their success in the general election depends on it.
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Despite that West School, which holds three of the city’s 24 voting districts, reopened to students Sept. 9 after it had been closed since Hurricane Sandy, the next day the primary election was held at Lindell School, more than a mile away. William Biamonte, Nassau’s Democratic elections commissioner, though, disapproves of returning the polling site to West School for the primary election, saying it’s “too late” and could create “confusion,” according to Newsday.But Republican-backed candidate Janna Jachniewicz said about the decision to keep the West End polling site closed:
"We need to open it up for the residents of the West End, if nothing else, for a sense of normalcy.”
In the three districts, Republicans have a greater percentage of registered voters compared to the rest of the Democrat-heavy city, according to Newsday, which noted that, according to Nassau County election records, 43 percent of voters is Democrat and 27 percent is Republican in the three districts.