PITTSFIELD — A pair of local civic organizations will steer voters to the city polls Tuesday for an historic Election Day.
The Berkshire County Chapter of the NAACP and SEED/Man-up (Social Education Engaging Diversity) have volunteers and several vehicles ready to transport those who need a ride to Pittsfield's 12 polling places.
The vehicles will be stationed at the Second Congregational Church on Onota Street and Price memorial AME Zion Church on Linden Street. Voters wishing to be picked up from their home or apartment should call 413-499-0866, according to local NAACP President Dennis Powell.
"This is an important election and we want to assist people getting to the polls who don't have transportation," he said. "Whoever we elect we get for the next four years."
Powell referring to registered voters electing Pittsfield's first-ever mayor for a four year term. The electorate two years ago approved the change in length of service as part of a revised city charter. Pittsfield mayors had been elected to two-year terms since the municipality became a city in 1891.
Voters also have races for at large city councilors, four ward council seats and six of the seven positions on the Pittsfield School Committee. The seventh seat is automatically held by the mayor.
In North Adams, Berkshire Community Action Council is providing transportation to the Steeple City's two polling places with the following pick-up times:
Brayton Hill Apartments: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 5 p.m.,
Corner of Greylock and Angeli streets: 9:10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:15 p.m.
Wheel Estates: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Tunnel Brook Apartments: 10:10 a.m., 2:10 p.m., and 6:10 p.m.
Mohawk Forest: 10:20 a.m., 2:20 p.m., and 6:20 p.m.
Berkshire Landings: 10:25 a.m., 2:25 p.m., and 6:25 p.m.
MCLA Library: 10:35 a.m., 2:35 p.m., and 6:35 p.m.
High Rise: 10:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m., and 6:45 p.m.
St. Joe Court: 10:50 a.m., 2:50 p.m., and 6:50 p.m.
First Congregational Church: 1:00 p.m.