It was quiet at the Somerset hall on election day as there was no voting taking place in the community for the first time in at least 80 years. Nancy Kelly – kingscountynews.ca
By Nancy Kelly
For the first time in many. many years, Somerset’s community hall was quiet on a provincial election day.
Normally a polling station for people living in rural areas north of Berwick, Somerset has long been a place that people gather to vote in provincial and federal elections. Elections Nova Scotia records indicate there has been a voting site in the community as far back as 1933. The community hall has been a player in many of those elections.
A spokesperson for the Kings West returning office in Kingston confirmed voting could not be held at the hall because of some infrastructure deficiencies with the building. Residents of Somerset and neighbouring communities, including Grafton, are instead casting their votes today at the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick.
In the past two election cycles in 2009 and 2006, there have been approximately 800 registered voters in the Somerset-area polling district.