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.
Georgia regularly uses schools as polling stations. Long lines of people will fit in the gym during inclimate weather.
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.
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.
I’ve lived in 6 states and schools have alwasy served as polling places in every state I’ve lived in.
I vote in the same school I was in during elementary (1973-79)
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.
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.
I’ve only ever voted in a school... usually the cafeteria. Must be different state to state
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.
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.
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.
When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, there Voting Booths in each neighborhood. They were like green garages.
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.
What about the separation of religion and state?
My polling place is at the local police department.
I guess it doesn’t apply to Muslims
No conspiracies... just posing a question and looking for thoughtful answers. It is how learning and conversation work.
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.
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