Police Decide Against Adding Officers at Eastport Polling Place

The Annapolis Police Department has determined that it will not need extra patrols at the Eastport Community Center on Election Day.

The Annapolis Police Department will not be sending extra officers or patrol cars to an Eastport polling place on Election Day, despite some residents' concerns about violence in the area.

"We plan on doing what we usually do," said Detective Amy Miguez, a police spokeswoman. "We pay special attention to all the polling places throughout the day, but we don't have any plans to focus on any place in particular."

On Sept. 9, two men were shot, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"two-shot-gas-line-punctured-in-eastport-shooting"} --> near the Eastport Community Center. In June, Orlando Sherman McDaniel, 29, of Annapolis 

Steven Conn September 18, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Some Annapolitains argue there is no history of violence on election day at Harbor House. I was in NY on September 11th. As as I was looking up at the Memorial Lights, I thought about how there was also never a history of planes flying into buildings, but look at the disaster... All we can do is educate ourselves based on past history and try to look out for our safety... 12 of the other 13 polling places are considered safe (Churches, govt offices, fire stations). Our polling place is the only one enveloped by a public housing complex that has become a hotbed for shootings and criminal activity. Bullets have to land somewhere. Last Sunday one of the 20-30 bullets that were fired landed in a gas line. It's only a matter of time before a stray bullet finds an innocent bystander who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The bottom line is the polling place needs to be moved to a safe location - like the Pip Moyer Rec Center. Why aren't we voting there? Who knows, someone who hasn't yet been to the brand new Rec Center may show up to vote and say wow, this place is nice, and sign up to be a member, bringing more $ to The Annapolis City coffers. Why, after MANY constituents have voiced legitimate concerns, isn't the polling place moved to safe location, just like all the rest of the Annapolis polling locations? Me thinks the establishment - the Annapolis Machine - likes it this way and constituents are not heard by those residing in Versailles.


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