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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?


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1 posted on 11/05/2012 1:40:29 PM PST by dgcoronado
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To: dgcoronado

There are polling places in mosques these days


2 posted on 11/05/2012 1:41:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: dgcoronado

In south carolina, we vote in schools all the time. Actually kids are off school tomorrow.


3 posted on 11/05/2012 1:42:28 PM PST by scbison
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To: dgcoronado

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.


4 posted on 11/05/2012 1:43:05 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: dgcoronado

What’s the big deal? My polling place is in a church. They’re usually in a place with a big open space.


5 posted on 11/05/2012 1:43:44 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

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?


6 posted on 11/05/2012 1:45:34 PM PST by dgcoronado
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To: dgcoronado

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.


7 posted on 11/05/2012 1:45:49 PM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: dgcoronado

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.


8 posted on 11/05/2012 1:46:28 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: dgcoronado

Schools are probably the most common of all polling places.


9 posted on 11/05/2012 1:49:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dgcoronado

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.


10 posted on 11/05/2012 1:52:14 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cripplecreek

Good to know. Thanks for your input.. thinking back, I guess I’ve just never voted in a school before.


11 posted on 11/05/2012 1:53:02 PM PST by dgcoronado
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To: Dr. Sivana

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.


12 posted on 11/05/2012 1:53:22 PM PST by petitfour
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To: dgcoronado

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.


13 posted on 11/05/2012 1:54:32 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: dgcoronado
I will be voting in my Daughters elementary school tomorrow. The students voted and Willard won with 72%.

Interesting note, Johnson got a further 8%...

14 posted on 11/05/2012 1:55:10 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: dgcoronado

My local polling place has always been either a school or church (TX).


15 posted on 11/05/2012 1:55:17 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cotton1706
The old timers tell me that its always been in the same building even back in the days when it was a school during the week and a church on Sunday.

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16 posted on 11/05/2012 1:57:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dgcoronado
Why are they sending us to a school to place our vote?

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!

17 posted on 11/05/2012 1:59:48 PM PST by Bernard Marx (</A>)
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To: dgcoronado

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!


18 posted on 11/05/2012 2:00:36 PM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


19 posted on 11/05/2012 2:01:30 PM PST by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: Boiler Plate

There was an episode of King Of The Hill where Hank and Peggy had a polling place in their garage.


20 posted on 11/05/2012 2:06:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dgcoronado

Georgia regularly uses schools as polling stations. Long lines of people will fit in the gym during inclimate weather.


21 posted on 11/05/2012 2:09:51 PM PST by GingisK
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To: dgcoronado
Schools have always been used in California as long as I have voted. The first time I voted was at Garden Road Elementary School and tomorrow I will vote at Honey Hollow.

And cost could play a role.

12284. Upon request of the elections official, state-owned buildings, parking lots, and other facilities shall be made available free of charge for use as polling places, except that the Department of General Services may exclude from use as polling places state facilities at which access to confidential materials cannot be reasonably safeguarded, which are inaccessible to the public, the use of which would disrupt state business, or which are otherwise impractical for use as polling places.

22 posted on 11/05/2012 2:10:04 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Bernard Marx
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.

The scumbags just did that to us. We voted down a millage during the presidential primary in May. Then we had a state primary election in August with no millage question, then a few weeks later they sneaked the millage past in a September vote that nobody knew about.
23 posted on 11/05/2012 2:11:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ThomasThomas

In the town where I grew up, the polling place was always at our little fire department with another precinct at the school a few miles away. The next town over from me votes at the fire department too.

My little town has two precincts for the township and they’re less than 100 yards apart.


24 posted on 11/05/2012 2:16:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dgcoronado

I’ve lived in 6 states and schools have alwasy served as polling places in every state I’ve lived in.


25 posted on 11/05/2012 2:23:48 PM PST by pgkdan (A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for obama. GO MITT!!)
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To: dgcoronado

I vote in the same school I was in during elementary (1973-79)


26 posted on 11/05/2012 2:36:47 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: dgcoronado

Our county has always used all the schools. This year our polling place is a Fire station and we also have one at our church.


27 posted on 11/05/2012 2:39:15 PM PST by tiki
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To: dgcoronado

The polling place in which I work is in a church basement, with a ground level entry. At the door there is a painting of a larger than life Jesus reaching out to small children. I’m shocked that no liberal has raised a stink about that to the board of elections.


28 posted on 11/05/2012 2:52:34 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: dgcoronado

I’ve only ever voted in a school... usually the cafeteria. Must be different state to state


29 posted on 11/05/2012 3:03:49 PM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: dgcoronado

Stop looking for conspiracies and vote your wallet and your conscience, bearing in mind the $500 million that LA voters approved a few years ago to build a single high school in LA County.

Buildings don’t educate people, teachers do and a teacher can teach in an abandoned bus stop if that’s what is available.


30 posted on 11/05/2012 3:10:52 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: petitfour
I have also voted in a school and Fire Station both of which are being renovated this year so I am at a ballet theater this time around. I have also voted in a neighborhood garage before many years ago. I live in California.
31 posted on 11/05/2012 3:18:59 PM PST by funfan
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To: dgcoronado

Our polling place in our current town is at a school - always has been, at this address. But at all my previous addresses, we voted at the local firehouse. For most elections, I’m fine with it either way. But it does strike me as wrong whenever we’re voting on the school budget - that should should be on neutral territory, IMHO.


32 posted on 11/05/2012 3:47:04 PM PST by FreedFromNY
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To: dgcoronado

Ive voted in two schools, two churches and a car dealership, as well as many garages, here in CA. I think when they have multiple precincts in a single voting location, they might need something a little larger than a garage.


33 posted on 11/05/2012 3:50:09 PM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21

When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, there Voting Booths in each neighborhood. They were like green garages.


34 posted on 11/05/2012 4:13:06 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pipes together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: dgcoronado

I’ve always voted in a school gymnasium in all towns that I’ve ever lived in and voted in. I find it odd and question the ethics of voting in some individual citizen’s garage. Where I live, it is the Town Clerk and Board of Registrars who oversee the election and the polling places are Town-owned buildings such as a school or schools and or the Town Hall.


35 posted on 11/05/2012 4:53:49 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: GeronL

What about the separation of religion and state?


36 posted on 11/05/2012 5:10:11 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: dgcoronado

My polling place is at the local police department.


37 posted on 11/05/2012 5:15:22 PM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: This I Wonder32460

Beats me.

I guess it doesn’t apply to Muslims


38 posted on 11/05/2012 5:29:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DustyMoment

No conspiracies... just posing a question and looking for thoughtful answers. It is how learning and conversation work.


39 posted on 11/05/2012 6:27:29 PM PST by dgcoronado
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To: cripplecreek

I was in Australia years ago during elections and they had a table set up in the middle of a soccer pitch. I thought that was pretty strange and wondered why didn’t they set up at the school 2 blocks away. Go figure.


40 posted on 11/05/2012 8:49:17 PM PST by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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