SEEKONK - Selectmen have voted to extend hours for the April 2 town election, which will now be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The hours were originally from noon to 8 p.m. The vote last week was 4-1.
Selectmen Chairman Dave Parker was the lone no vote. Selectmen William Rice, John Whelan, Francis Cavaco and Robert McLintock voted in favor of the change.
Parker called the change "a disservice to the town and our clerk."
The polling hours for the 2012 primary election on March 6, per state law, are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Selectman candidate Gary Sagar had suggested expanding the poll hours for the April town election to allow senior citizens more time to vote.
A ballot question calling for the appropriation of funds for a new senior center will be a big draw, he noted.
Town Administrator Pam Nolan read a letter from Town Clerk Jan Parker, who also opposed changing the poll hours. Parker pointed to low turnout for town elections, and encouraged residents to obtain absentee ballots if they wanted.
Sagar had also been a vocal opponent to using Seekonk High School as the only polling place in town, a move begun in 2009 as a way to save money.
Sagar says having only one polling place has blunted voter turnout.