Restore Voting to the Highlands

Voting increased in the Highlands when the Ford School was a polling place. In 2004 the Election Commission and City Council removed the School as a polling place. Voter participation has dropped by 30%, hitting a low in 2015 of 9% of registered voters (compared to 17% for the city).

In 2014, we appealed to Lynn’s newly-formed Human Rights Commission to restore voting to the school. We argued that the removal of voting at the Ford School was a violation of the rights of Highlands voters.

 

Our goal was to restore voting at the school. The Commission heard our complaint on March 18, 2014. Watch the coverage of the presentation from LynnCam TV  (begin at 6 minutes)

 

Please return voting to our SchoolData compilation

Ford School Exterior Voter turnout since polling place was pulled Historical voting differences per Ward
Racial diversity differences in Wards Density facts Failure to address the needs...
Transportation issue trip to vote Crossing route 1A
Physical barriers to voting Determined to vote! Ford School ramp is fully accessible
Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 8.19.39 PM Collecting signatures Community translators

Although voting increased with the Ford School as a polling place, in 2004 the Election Commission and City Council removed the Ford School as a polling place. Voter participation has dropped by 30% to as low as 10% of the electorate.

 

We appealed to Lynn’s newly-formed Human Rights Commission to restore voting to the school. The following is our “day in court.”

 

 

The Commission agreed unanimously that Highlands’ voters rights had been violated. However, City Council President Dan Cahill would not entertain a vote on the issue before Council. The Election Commissioner has refused to restore voting to the school, claiming that the handicap ramp that serves 500 children is ‘not compliant with the law.’