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No new polling place for Ward 4 residents living west of the Fall Hill detour

Ward 4 residents won’t be getting an additional polling place for Fredericksburg’s May 6 elections despite a detour some voters must endure to cast their votes.

Fredericksburg’s Electoral Board met Tuesday morning to consider a request from Ward 4 candidate Charlie Frye Jr. to add another polling place for this year’s elections because of the detour on Fall Hill Avenue that began on Feb. 12 and is expected to be in place through at least mid-November.

The law does not allow for a temporary polling place and there isn’t time before the May 6 city elections to make a change, said Amanda McGrady, the city Electoral Board’s secretary.

By law, only the City Council can establish polling places, she said.

However, the issue isn’t finalized.

The Electoral Board will reconvene on Friday at 10 a.m. at the city registrar’s office to continue discussing options.

None of them will help voters west of the canal for the May 6 City Council and School Board races.

Frye has said his goal was to make sure voters west of the Fall Hill Avenue closure weren’t hindered from voting.

Ward 4 stretches from Celebrate Virginia South through downtown and along Dixon Street. The other polling place is at New City Fellowship Church near the downtown train station.

Marcel Kay, Frye’s campaign manager, said they were “very disappointed” with the outcome of the meeting.

He also said they feel the city “dropped the ball” by not taking the issue into account in its planning for the road project.

Frye told the City Council tonight that he submitted to the Electoral Board a petition with more than 150 signatures from people living west of the canal who supported his effort.

The first story on this issue includes a list of polling places and candidates for all four wards.