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Reciting prayers halted at New York school (November 10, 2015)

The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District Board voted 5-4 against a proposal Nov. 10 to consolidate polling sites from 11 elementary schools to two churches and a fire station. The proposed church sites were at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Parish and Hope Lutheran Church.

Linda Stephens, FFRF Life Member and co-plaintiff in Town of Greece v. Galloway, alerted FFRF to the proposal Nov. 10 and spoke against it at the public hearing that night. Four residents spoke against the plan. No one spoke in favor.

A school district release said: "Some were concerned consolidation could make it more difficult for voters to get to the polls; others feared voting at non-school sites could influence the vote."

Stephens commented to FFRF legal staff after the meeting: "Maybe speaking out at public hearings does work sometimes?"

FFRF took no action due to late notice about the proposal and because the board voted it down but will continue to monitor the situation.