Here's a little bit of advice to Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin: Keep your mouth shut unless you are 100% sure of what you speak. Newlin, who earlier criticized the state for reducing the number of polling places, has since found out that the state had nothing to do with the decision, Niagara County made the call.
The county, which is reducing the number of polling places because of rules governing handicap accessibility for voters and cost, has significantly reduced the number of polling places in the county's 12 towns. The cities will face a reduction next year.
Newlin, misspeaking earlier this week, overstated, "I guarantee you when Election Day comes there will be a lot of people who won’t know where to go to vote. It’s going to be mass chaos". Really, Fred? Mass chaos? Like when terrorists fly planes into buildings in the largest city in the country sending thousands of people fleeing for their lives? That kind of mass chaos? Or are you making a completely moronic overexaggeration?
Secondarily is the cost savings associated with the reduction in polling places. Virtually all county residents want to see a reduction in government. On these pages we've pushed for consolidation of the four water districts in Niagara County, consolidation of the three family courts in the county, and consolidation of the three DMVs in Niagara.
What do the two election commissioners do? Consolidate polling places. Fred Newlin apparently thinks the people of Lewiston are too ignorant to read their post card notifying them of their polling place. Nice call, Fred.
Stop the rhetoric. You either support consolidation of government or you don't. For Newlin, actions and words speak volumes.
As for the county, keep consolidating. Reasonable people respect your efforts. There are many opportunities for consolidation, one step at a time.