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Port-Saukville Not Only District to Consider End to Voting in its Buildings

The end of voting in Port Washington-Saukville school buildings has created mixed reactions among Patch readers, but the district is not alone in this decision.

As school officials inch closer to a formal vote on the end of voting in school buildings, Patch readers remain split on whether this was actually a necessary discussion.

"This is good. I don't think the public should be IN our school buildings during the day at any time," user Amitiel wrote on a Patch article. "The red tape you have to go through on any other day to gain access to your child during a school day should be enough to determine that this is a good decision not to allow the public inside a school on a regular school day without even normal security measures."

But others are quick to call the measure an over-reaction, sparked by the tragedy that shook an elementary school in Newtown, CT, in December.

"This is a foolish emotional reaction," Scott Ziegler wrote on Patch. "There are ways to enhance the security and still use the PUBLIC Schools for PUBLIC events such as voting."

Patch's news partner WISN reports other area school districts had considered ending voting in schools, such as schools in Wauwatosa and Glendale. Glendale opted for tighter security instead, whereas Wauwatosa officials have already shifted some of the voting out of its school buildings — though this change started well before the Newtown shootings.

Patch readers also offered other suggestions for avoiding security issues.

"Make voting days an in-service day for staff and give the kids the day off," Joyce wrote. "Problem solved."

"If elections were held on Saturday (when most people aren't working and kids are not in school) this would not be an issue," MDS wrote. "But that would only encourage more people to vote, so we know that won't happen."

Do you have thoughts on a new voting location?

Tell us in the comments.

Scott Ziegler February 15, 2013 at 06:58 PM
At least one thing that I know was not considered by the PWSS board was where we would move the voting to. Where is there room to have the additional wards voting in the city? They also did not consider the impact to the people of the area that walk to voting and the need of adequate parking near the polling place. There are several ways to address the security issues at hand other than just end the practice of voting at a school. It is eventide that the board took the easy way out and let City hall worry about the impact of their failure to lead. This type of poorly thought out emotional reaction is exactly what these people that pull off these attacks want, for us to change our lives and live constantly in fear and letting that fear dictate our decision making process rather than our intellect.
Greg February 15, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Defective thinking in other districts does not excuse it here, they may have different circumstances in play. I am fine with voting at places other than schools and there are places that should work. I do not know what requirements exist for locating a polling place outside of the particular ward(s), but I expect any place that is chosen is going to make some people unhappy.
Keith Schmitz February 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Yup, this is an over reaction, and should not be catered to, although a few years back in Vegas saw that they had polling places in shopping malls. The more places the better to cut down on long lines.
Terry February 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Here is another issue I could frankly care less about. We have other fish to fry other than where the voting will occur. I will say this though, dropping off my kids at school will be way easier if the polls are somewhere else. Other than that... *shrug*

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