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Is election day an excuse to allow strangers in our schools?

Original post made by elementary parent, Palo Verde, on Oct 24, 2006

As election day comes round again, I ask the above question once again. We have had prowlers near our schools over the past few months and all of us have been asked to keep our eyes open for those on the school campuses who have no right to be there. However, on election day, we get all sorts of people walking right through our campuses looking for a place to vote? Or are they? How can we tell the difference? Are we giving potential harmdoers the perfect excuse to be on a campus ready to do what they want. I don't want to appear over-protective or anti-right to vote, but isn't this a valid concern?

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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 24, 2006 at 10:27 pm

Election day is probably the safest day.
Lots of potential witnesses.
Schools have been used as polling places since I was a kid.
I have never heard of an attack on a child be someone masquerading
as a voter. Think of the large quanity of adults that would come to
the rescue. Real voters, teachers, and staff.

Kids tend to get approached as they are traveling to / from school
where they are more vulerable.

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Posted by SkepticAl
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 24, 2006 at 10:57 pm

I'd agree with RS on this one. Also, since the incident at Addison last year, I think there have been some changes in procedures to limit access. Polling places should be well marked to cut down on "wandering" and I'm sure staff members will be even more aware at schools.

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