Photo: Beth El Temple Place
Beginning with the Massachusetts Presidential Party Primaries on March 5, voters reciding in Precinct 1 will be casting their ballots at Temple Beth El Center located at the corner of Concord Avenue and Blanchard Road on the Cambridge/Belmont line.
The move is required with the pending demolision of the Belmont Public Library, the tradition home for Precinct 1. Speaking before the Select Board on Monday, Jan. 8, Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman said the two had considered two possible locations, Beth El and All Saints’ Church on Common Street, to relocated the polling place. But it was soon evident that Beth El, at 2 Concord Ave., was a superior site as it has ample parking and a large community room to accomindate the voting stations. The temple is declining a fee and will provide signage during elections.
“There is great handicapped access … and nice and secure separate spot for us. So we’re thrilled that they were so kind [to become a polling place,] said Cushman.