Officials Move Polling Place From Massachusetts Church

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a polling site located in a church was settled in mid-May after city officials agreed to move the site to a secular setting.

Framingham, Mass., officials agreed to move one of the precinct's voting stations from a Methodist church in exchange for a promise from Robert Meltzer, a local attorney who challenged the voting site's placement in a religious setting, to drop the suit, according to a May 18 report in The Boston Globe. The newspaper said at least 60 Massachusetts communities place voting sites in houses of worship.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United's executive director, lauded the settlement between the city and Meltzer.

"I think it's an important settlement with a very welcome and positive outcome," Lynn told the Globe.