Moderators hope for smooth voting process

All eyes will be on New Hampshire next Tuesday for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and local town moderators urge everyone to come out to vote, saying they will make the process as smooth and easy as possible.

This year, voters will be asked for a picture identification, but those who don’t have one can have their photo taken at the polling place. "We don’t want to discourage people from voting," Amherst Town Moderator Steve Coughlin said. Filling out an affidavit, having a Polaroid photo taken and stapling it to the affidavit "should be quick," he said.

To help with that process in Milford, 10 people will be checking in voters instead of the normal six, Town Moderator Peter Basiliere said. Feb. 9 is a teacher workshop day in Milford, and middle school teachers will be directed to park in the high school parking lot to make room in the middle school lot for voters.

"We’ll try to keep campaigners away from the oval parking area" near the door to the school gym, Basiliere said, to save room for voters. There will be help for disabled voters and greeters at the door to the school so everyone will know where to go.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Polling times and places

Amherst

6 a.m.-8 p.m., Souhegan High School

Lyndeborough

8 a.m.-7 p.m., upstairs in Citizens’ Hall.

Milford

6 a.m.-8 p.m., Milford Middle School

Mont Vernon

7 a.m.-7 p.m., VillageSchool

Wilton

8 a.m.-7 p.m., Town Hall Courtroom.<