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Some Schools Canceling Classes On Election Day

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Some Schools Canceling Classes On Election Day School officials and parents across the nation are turning an increasingly critical eye on the time-honored tradition of voters' casting ballots in the gymnasiums and hallways of neighborhood school buildings while classes go on as usual just a few yards away. Citing a litany of safety concerns, many officials are opting to keep youngsters home on Nov. 4, Election Day.

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outofhere outofhere 8 years
I like the polling stations in the schools, it's one way that children can see the voting process in action and be aware of the important event that is taking place on that day. It opens up dialogue at school and between parents and children. I live in a very safe area and it's never been an issue but perhaps it's appropriate for other areas.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Hmm...our polling places are usually churches. My town has a lot of churches so...then the "ladies" of the church are there with brownies, etc. And probably will like pass out McCain stickers surreptitiously, but whatevs. ;)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
And we did the same thing at my elementary school Mich :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
So I looked it up and we have 38 polling locations (in a city of about 50,000). A number of the locations are schools, as well as a few of our fire stations and some churches. My mom teaches at one of those schools and I don't believe they're giving the children the day off.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I don't know if DC schools will be closed this year.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
School has always been closed here on election day. I thought all schools were. Most counties in Maryland, DC, and Virginia schools will be closed, if not all. Teachers may have to work.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Just think how great this country would be if the midwest common sense made it's way to the rest of the country? I shudder to think about how great we could be.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Well thank God people have common sense somewhere!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
They put the trucks in the front garage, so there isn't a problem in an emergency. I first thought about that when we came here. I was like, "Where are they going to put the trucks?". Then I came and saw that there was actually some sort of common sense to the application... ;)
Michelann Michelann 8 years
UnDave, that's kind of scary! I can totally see some idiot parking in front of the fire station driveway so the firetruck can't get to a fire.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
What's going on in the local firestation? Our town of 7,500 (15,000 with suburbs) holds it there every election. It works fairly efficiently and doesn't interfer with the school day.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
When I was in grade school I loved election days. I thought it was exciting, and it opened a dialogue in my classrooms about the voting process and electoral system. I guess I lived in a neighborhood where those 'safety concerns' were practically non-existent, but I still think this is an odd decision. If having voting in schools is such a dangerous distraction, it seems like you should move the voting elsewhere, not cancel classes completely. But I bet the school children won't complain :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
There's only been one time where my polling place wasn't a school. I'm wondering the same thing. Although, as far as my city/town is concerned, there aren't many other places that could accommodate.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I agree UnDave.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I guess it's a good idea. I think a better idea would be to have the voting places in areas that don't affect the schoolkids.
juju4 juju4 8 years
They are doing this in U-City here in St. Louis, because of expected record high voter turn out. I worry that with kids home from school, it might make it more difficult for parents to take time out to go vote, but I am glad that officials are thinking ahead about what is going to happen on election day.
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