Local lawmakers respond to proposed polling place ban

By WEEK Producer

Local lawmakers respond to proposed polling place ban

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- We are over a year away from the race for Governor in Illinois, but where you cast your ballot on that race may not be the same as in previous years.

Earlier this week, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka proposed moving polling places out of schools.

Topinka said having unescorted people wandering through school hallways provides an unnecessary danger to students.

But many local lawmakers are hesitant to join Topkina in the ban.

"I certainly can understand the initiative of the idea, but on the other hand the county clerks, from what I'm told, are concerned because it would mean where are they going to scramble for next primary season to come up with places to replace many schools throughout Illinois as a polling place," said St. Rep. Dan Brady, (R) 105th Dist.

"I am in complete disagreement with that. I think that having the ability for young people to see the voting, to see our democracy in action in a school, is a wonderful thing," said St .Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, (D) 92nd District.

Topinka's plan would eliminate polling places in schools by the year 2014.

She said there are government buildings, churches and other locations which would be better to use.

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