Iowa joining trend of decreasing school polling places

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 killed 26 students and staff. Some local election and school officials renewed efforts to move voting booths out of schools in the months that followed.

In Woodbury County, Iowa, county auditor Pat Gill removed polling places this spring from 10 of the Sioux City district's 13 school buildings. He also moved voting booths out of the elementary and middle schools in the Sergeant Bluff-Luton district. Superintendent Rod Earleywine had lobbied Gill for several years to make the move.

"It didn't make a lot of sense to me that on those days we open up the doors and anybody and everybody can come in and out when on every other day we're locked down," Earleywine said.

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