Published Online: January 14, 2014
Published in Print: January 15, 2014, as Election Officials Concerned About Polling in Schools

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Election Officials Concerned About Polling in Schools

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A presidential commission has been hearing from election officials across the country worried about schools trying to move balloting out of their buildings in the wake of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration plans to make recommendations this month to President Barack Obama about ways to improve access to the polls and hopes to encourage schools to stay open for voting, among other suggestions.

An Associated Press search of news articles from the past year found that more than three dozen schools either had closed to voting or considered it because of Sandy Hook, and election officials repeatedly testified at commission meetings that it's a growing problem.

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