Illinois officials propose removing polling places from schools

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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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