Schools are often used as polling places on Election Day but some parents in the Millard School District want that to stop. They believe the children could be in danger by having the public enter the building. Douglas County Election Commission Dave Phipps says they try to work with schools as much as they can but they are required by state law to allow voting inside those facilities.
Phipps says, “They are obligated to do it and that is where this is coming from. I think schools would prefer us not to be there but they understand they have to comply. They understand and we try to work with them as much as we can.”
Phipps says the election commission doesn’t designate the setting of the polling location inside the building. He says that decision is up to each building. Phipps says the election commission can look at other locations but the owners of private property and churches can deny their request. He says they also have to look for buildings that have adequate parking and accessibility to those wanting to vote.