Skip to comments.Polling place inside a school... Bias?
Posted on 11/05/2012 1:40:25 PM PST by dgcoronado
I'm voting in San Diego county, and my polling place is inside the local high school teachers' lounge. I thought this was weird at first, but now seems completely ludicrous. Prop 30 in California is for a major tax increase to fund schools. Why are they sending us to a school to place our vote? Every other year, it was in a neighbor's garage... Seems strange to me.
I seriously doubt the Machiavellian aspect of it. But does anyone else think the school may have offered to use its facilities as a polling place to either dissuade people from voting, or to pressure them to vote for the increase?
There are polling places in mosques these days
In south carolina, we vote in schools all the time. Actually kids are off school tomorrow.
Nah ... Schools are used because they have big facilities that are used only part of the day, lots of parking, and high visibility.
Churches are also used in both CT and IL. I have voted at Catholic Churches and Protestant Churches. I presently vote at the fire station, even when fire district funding is on the ballot.
What’s the big deal? My polling place is in a church. They’re usually in a place with a big open space.
My issue is that there is a ballot measure specifically directed at schools. Wouldn’t there be an issue if you polled in a church, while there was a $6 Billion initiate on the ballot to directly fund churches?
Check for wall decorations and raise HH if there is any form of propaganda.
The change of location might be suspect - but as a previous poster noted; schools have traditionally been polling places in most States - they are public property.
Every elementary school I ever went to had polling places setup on election day. I always thought that was dumb, elementary schools tend to have small parking lots since the students don’t drive, and thick traffic flow at the beginning and end of the day. Neither of my high schools, with the bigger parking lots and easier traffic, had polling. I think that was my first lesson that government employees don’t tend to be the brightest and the best.
Schools are probably the most common of all polling places.
Not really. You’d have to check why they changed your polling place. I personally wouldn’t make a connection between what I was voting on and where I was voting. When I used to vote in a library, I didn’t think of education funding. There may be a connection in your case, but it could be coincidental.
Good to know. Thanks for your input.. thinking back, I guess I’ve just never voted in a school before.
I remember my elementary school and junior high schools were used as polling places when I was growing up. I have voted at a fire station, some other place I don’t recall, a few elementary schools in different states (not in the same election years! Haha), a casino on a reservation, and tomorrow will be a church building. One year, I registered to vote, but my registration was either lost in the mail or lost at the RAT run county elections office. It was found a week after the 2000 election. Hubby voted in that 2000 election at an elementary school.
I work for a school district in the Sacramento area. In the staff lunch room at one of my sites there sits a wicker basket on a table that is full of Yes on 30/No on 32 buttons and window stickers. That wicker basket has been full of these items for weeks now, with no evidence that staff here have taken any. I’ve only seen a few vehicles with the window stickers. The vast majority of the vehicles in the staff parking lot have no political stickers of any kind. It feels surreal, actually.
Interesting note, Johnson got a further 8%...
My local polling place has always been either a school or church (TX).
Why would you suspect ulterior motives? S/
This reminds me of a local school bond vote that had been rejected twice already. For the third try they scheduled it for a low-turnout off-year election. Then the local school district office was chosen as the polling place and teachers and staff were bussed in from all over the district to dutifully vote in favor of the new tax.
Ulterior motives? Never!
Naw...no big deal.
You should have seen the liberals face when she realized she had to vote inside a Catholic Church in 2010....now that was funny....she would not even park in the parking lot!
I didn’t realize that they set up polling places other than schools. Learn something new every day. The neighbor’s garage is kind of novel though.
There was an episode of King Of The Hill where Hank and Peggy had a polling place in their garage.
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