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Bill Allows Schools to Opt Out as Polling Place

SPRINGFIELD, 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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