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Fryeburg’s polling place is set to change from its traditional location at the Post 137 American Legion hall to the recently constructed David & Doris Hastings Community Center. Town elections are expected to take place there in June, pending state approval for the venue change. (ROB BURBANK PHOTO)

FRYEBURG, Maine — Come June, town voters can look forward to casting their votes for town officers in a new location.

While the Frank W. Shaw Post 137 American Legion hall on Bradley Street has served as the town’s polling place for years, town elections on June 9 are planned to take place at the new David and Doris Hastings Community Center at 59 Recreation Drive at The Field of Dreams.

That’s pending approval from the state of the location change, which is anticipated by selectmen.

The new community center, owned by Fryeburg Recreation Dept. Inc., is just now coming into operation.

Fryeburg Recreation is a “separate entity from the town,” noted Town Manager Katie Haley,” so we are thankful for the use of the building.” The town is not being charged for that use.

The distance between the old and new voting location is about a mile.

The change was necessitated due to structural issues with the Legion hall that didn’t meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, Haley said, citing layout of the voting space and the number of voting booths that could be accommodated for wheelchairs.

The new community/recreation center meets those requirements and also has ADA-compliant restrooms, Haley said, adding, “It seemed important to make the change to offer a compliant voting location now that one is available, Additionally, the use of the new facility will provide ample space for the Fryeburg Water District to hold their elections there."

Haley said the new venue provides more space than the Legion does, which could be tight when voter turnout is high.

“Once final approval from the state is received, we will begin a campaign to ensure that all voters are aware of this change,” she said.

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