A Long Way To Walk

20 May 2019

Editorial Page

Utica Observer-Dispatch

221 Oriskany Plaza

Utica, NY  13501

Dear Editors:

Now that Election Day is here and it will not be seen as a controversial issue to handle during the race, there is something we need to discuss.  The placement of polling places in a School District race as opposed to the locations for a “regular municipal” race is just, well, weird.


The reason I did not want to bring this up during the race is that the issue would have been politicized and no real solution would have been filed.  It is clear that those who designed the School District polling place map have a “resentment” against people of color, immigrants, and the physically disabled.  


You need not look any further than the Ward 1 Precinct 1 polling place situated at Donovan School.  On average, this is a full 1.6 miles further away than it is during a regular race.


It cannot be said enough: there is an element still hanging around our school system that people find out about and it keeps them away.  Instead of just accepting the element, we should be using social media to point out the element’s efforts whenever it attempts to do anything.  If we stay strong, the element will be forced to relent and our school system shall reach its true potential. In the meantime, some people will just be happier that they can vote closer to home.


Robert T. Oliveira

2 Kennedy Plaza, Unit 1205

Utica, NY  13502




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