Bill Allows Schools to Opt Out as Polling PlaceSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A new bill placed before the Illinois
Legislature would let schools opt out of serving as polling places.
State Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo filed the legislation with the support of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
Topinka calls the bill "common-sense legislation" that puts kids first,
adding government buildings, churches or other options should be used
as polling places.
The bill would let school boards
determine if schools could be safely opened to voters. School boards
would determine if they could enforce normal safety protocol on Election
Day. School board officials would then file a written notice with local
election officers if they couldn't.
Franks says allowing
voters in schools is an unnecessary risk. He says "protecting children
from harm is the most fundamental and basic duty of any government."
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