New Philadelphia, Ohio (WJER) - The Tuscora Lodge Fraternal Order Of Police president is calling attention to an elections practice that he says has become a security threat in the changing times.
Bob Everett says he’s contacted the Tuscarawas County Board Of Elections, urging them to find other places besides schools to host their precincts.
“It’s just this is the day that we live in today. This is society, and this is something that we need to take a look at,” he says. “My goal is that the letter prompts the board of elections and the director to take a look at the polling places and hopefully end up removing them from school buildings where children are present.”
Everett says he thinks there are other places the board could utilize for voting purposes.
“I think we have plenty of buildings, both public and perhaps churches, social halls. I think with the board’s ingenuity and their know-how, I think they can certainly figure out a place for people to cast a ballot
The Tuscarawas County Board Of Elections responded to Everett’s concerns in an April 16th letter written by Assistant Prosecutor Robert Stevenson. In the letter, Stevenson states that the board is well aware of the issue and has been working for some time to minimize the use of school buildings as polling places. He says one of the challenges is that all polling places must be ADA compliant.