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Illinois officials propose removing polling places from schools

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she wants to put an end to voting inside schools statewide.

Topinka was joined by lawmakers and members of law enforcement during a press conference Springfield to announce new student safety legislation.

The proposed legislation would amends the state Election Code and state School Code by eliminating public and private schools as voting sites.

Topinka says the change can be done at no cost to the state by moving polling sights to other public buildings, like police stations, post offices and libraries.

She says recent mass shootings, like the one that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, has her worried about the access the public has to schools on election day.   “This is a common-sense step that puts students first.”

Topinka says students should be protected from people wandering into their schools on election day.

She says if approved, she’d like to see the changes enacted across Illinois in 2014.

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8 Comments to “Illinois officials propose removing polling places from schools”

    Coco said:
    March 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Obviously Ms. Topinka has never been a county clerk, or an election judge. I've never heard of a child being hurt on election day. She is over reacting.

    Teacheropinion said:
    March 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    As a teacher I think this is a great idea. Every year we discuss how this is an issue in schools since there is no one to stop strangers from walking the school before or after voting. There have been no issues in the past but why risk it?

    Chris said:
    March 6, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    It's a better idea just to close school on Election Day and maybe make it a state holiday.

    Marty said:
    March 6, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Maybe moving election day to a weekend (5PM Friday to 5PM the following Sunda) would not only help but allow people more time and ease the over crowding issues.

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    sadsack said:
    March 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    how about she goes to school and get out of our lives…….what eleceted bit(&* lets do something else that is dumb in Ill ….Like rise the taX RATE AGAIN…….

    HEY HERE IS SOMETHING NEW, THE PEOPLE CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES………HOW WHAT A THOUGHT…

    zombielogic said:
    March 6, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    It just doesn't get any funnier than the truth http://www.momusshrugged.com/2013/03/illinois-pro

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