The registrars said it wasn't practical to do as Carpenter and others called for, however, for several reasons, which they outlined in their recent letter. They also clearly stated they would not support placing polls at any for-profit business.
Instead, the registrars offered to move a handful of polls to nearby churches or temples (that's dependent on those houses of worship being willing to host voters), consider stepping up police presence at the schools on election days and/or just canceling classes for September primaries.
Carpenter added Tuesday night that she found a recent Salem News editorial on the issue to be "highly insulting." She said the piece insinuated school board members were interfering with Peabody citizens' ability to vote and participate in the democratic process.
"We are not barring anyone from voting... We are trying to promote a safe environment," Carpenter said.