Ill. Lawmaker Wants to Stop Using Schools As Polling Places

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports hundreds of schools in Illinois are used as polling places, but state Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) has introduced legislation to put a stop to that practice.

Franks said it’s a matter of safety.

“Right now, if I want to go see my kids at school, I have to get buzzed in; as it should be, but for some reason, we don’t require that on Election Day,” Franks said. “We’ve been lucky that there hasn’t been a problem, but I don’t think that we should continue to press our luck.”

Cook County Clerk David Orr, who oversees election in suburban Cook county, said removing polling places from schools is a bad idea.

He said “it’s unfortunate” if Franks wants to stop using schools as polling places.

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