Bond election to use SCHOOLS as Precincts

Nothing controversial about that, schools have been traditionally used as precincts in multiple elections, not only in the Sioux Falls and Minnehaha county but across the nation.

The school bond election will use several schools and community centers attached to schools as precincts in Tuesday’s election.

So why point this out?

Because for the last couple of years the SFSD has refused to allow the County Auditor to use schools as precincts due to ‘safety’ concerns of the children.

So I guess ‘safety’ isn’t an issue when voters are approving a $300 million dollar tax increase. Just more irony and hypocrisy from the SFSD surrounding this election.



9 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 09.13.18 at 11:50 am

How am I supposed to know where to go to vote NO? This thing’s gonna pass because they conveniently hid polling places where school district employees are lined up and ordered how to vote.

#2 Matthew Paulson on 09.13.18 at 12:43 pm

I’ve been pretty consistent about voting and every time I’ve voted at my precinct in the last five years has been at memorial middle school. I’d be curious to know what schools were previously used as precinct locations that are now not permitted to be used as precinct locations.

It also kind of depends on the school and the layout. For example, Memorial has an alternate entrance they use that keeps voters in their own area not being used by students at that time. Other schools might not have a layout that makes it so that voters and students don’t run into each other.

#3 JKC on 09.13.18 at 1:04 pm

Perhaps all of this follows the same logic that we have “Super Precincts” to save money? Yet, holding the bond election during the general election in November would be cheaper, but unfortuately after the District budget has been set. Although, the budget could always be amended later….. I have an idea, if Sarah Huckabee-Sanders ever resigns at Trump’s press secretary, then she should go work for the District as a spokeswoman.

#4 LJWH on 09.13.18 at 2:51 pm

In addition to Memorial Middle School, the only other schools being used are actually community centers adjoining schools. As with Memorial, these locations allow for voter entrance without giving access to the school building.

#5 LINDA on 09.14.18 at 3:59 pm

THIS SMELLS !!!!!! JUST LIKE ALL THE PERCINCTS WERE CHANGED WHEN MAYOR HUETHER RAN FOR RE-ELECTION. THEN CONVENEINTLY CHANGED BACK FOR THE NEXT TIME WE HAD TO VOTE ON SOMETHING ALIKE A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER.FYI YOU COULDNT FIND A MAP OF THE PRECINCTS LARGER THAN A THUMB NAIL EVEN ON THE CITYS WEB PAGE .

#6 Warren Phear on 09.14.18 at 7:56 pm

Went to the instructional planning center recently to vote. Have a few observations to share. Some good. Some not so much. When my wife and I showed up there were about ten people in line in front of us. When we left there were about ten in line behind us. Of those twenty I would say 15 were like us, senior citizens. If they were like us, they were there to say hell no to more taxes on folks on fixed incomes. What was concerning was how long it took to get through that short line. We were there at least 30 minutes. Unacceptable. That was way too long for a single item vote. Another issue that bothered me. On the envelope the ballot was stuffed into and sealed, the first question was to print your name exactly as it appears on the voter registion polls. Without the voter registration poll book in front of me I just used my full first name, middle initial, and last name. It also specificly stated to mark the ballot with an x or a check mark. No filling in the square. After I voted, filded the ballot once as instructed, and placed and sealed the envelope as also instructed, I asked the one person in charge how would I know if I printed my exact name right as it is on the voter rolls. She looked only at the envelope and said it was correct because I inclded my middle initial. I thought that just a little odd. Anyway, too long in line for a simple yes or no single item vote, but was wncouraged by the percentage of seniors.

#7 l3wis on 09.14.18 at 10:20 pm

WP- I found that a little shady also (I voted already). When you absentee vote at the County Admin, they print out a sticker that goes on the envelope that can be scanned electronically to show you voted. It is part of keeping track of your voter history. This is one of my complaints of the school district not allowing the county to handle the absentee and tabulation. There will likely be NO record of you voting. This happened in the school board election with super precincts two years ago. Many people who voted told me it never registered with the SOS that they voted. They also hand tabulated the vote and did their own absentee with that election. I’m sorry, but I have NO faith in Bev Chase to handle this election. I literally have just given up on trying to get them to do it right. And our State’s Attorney, Attorney General and SOS don’t give a F’ck.

#8 voter on 09.15.18 at 7:46 am

Bev Chase, who is in charge of this vote on a $190m bond has a long history of errors regarding the election process.

Isn’t she the one who drove around SF with ballots in the trunk of her car!?

#9 JKC on 09.15.18 at 12:18 pm

When they cling to “Super Precincts” you know we have a problem… Plus, I heard someone found a book in the trash at the Instructional Planning Center entitled, “Cook County for Dummies.” 😉

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