WESTMINSTER — A charter amendment that would add a polling place for the city met a chilly reception from the City Council on Monday.
The measure, offered for introduction by Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, was tabled by thecouncil at its regular meeting.
The mayor said an additional polling location is needed as a convenience to city voters. With the advent of the new universal registration legislation -- under which voters who register with the county automatically are registered with the city -- the potential for a marked increase in voter turnout could cause mayhem at the city's only polling place on Election Day.
But the council apparently doesn't agree. Councilman William F. Haifley criticized Brown for having a hidden agenda.
"It's a thinly disguised political gerrymandering maneuver," Haifley said.
The only polling place in the city is the Volunteer Fire Company on Main Street.