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Some schools want to end role as polling places because of security concerns

January 12th, 2014 9:07 pm by Rick Wagner

Some schools want to end role as polling places because of security concerns

In this Times-News file photo, voters cast ballots at Colonial Heights Middle School. Photo by Ned Jilton II.

BLOUNTVILLE — Two area school systems continue to have schools serve double duty as polling places, despite ramped-up security concerns following the elementary school shootings in Connecticut just over a year ago.

Ten Sullivan County schools and three Bristol, Tenn., schools serve as polling places in federal, state and local elections, although none currently do in Kingsport.

“We did have some concerns, after Sandy Hook,” Bristol Director of Schools Gary Lilly said Wednesday.

Some schools nationwide want to end their traditional role as polling places because of security concerns since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, leaving their communities without easy alternatives for voting sites.

A presidential commission has been hearing from election officials across the country worried about schools trying to move balloting out of their buildings.

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