Sioux City Considers Having Children Absent On Election Days

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By Richard Pratt

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Woodbury County elections boss is working with Sioux City school officials to have children absent on November's Election Day every two years.

The Sioux City Journal reports that elections commissioner Pat Gill has asked the district to hold teacher training that day so students won't be in buildings being used as polling places. Gill says removing children for the day would eliminate security concerns posed by doors being left open for voters.

District Superintendent Paul Gausman says the district will consider holding the training on those Tuesdays. Normally the sessions are held on Monday afternoons.

Gill has said that if such measures are not taken, Sioux City schools eventually won't be used as polling places. He says other counties are moving away from using schools for voting.

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