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UPDATE: Polls moved from school locations in Cedar Rapids

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Security concerns have prompted Linn County officials to stop using schools as polling stations. The change comes just after new voter registration cards were mailed to residents reflecting new boundaries based on 2010 census numbers.

The Linn County Auditor says schools are often used because Iowa law requires the use of public buildings like schools when they are available inside the precinct. State law also requires buildings to be accessible to people with disabilities and the building must have adequate parking and space. 

Schools can also have parking problems during the day when students and teachers are using the school. A possible state wide solution would be to have in-service days on election days. While there have been no security problems with polling places at schools, officials say some parents have raised concerns. 

"This is an attempt to be proactive and help alleviate concerns of the parents about the children and also find polling places that are more suitable for voting and for better access to parking," Linn County Deputy Auditor Tim Box said. 

Taft Middle School, Metro High School, and eleven elementary schools will not be polling places on Tuesday. Those elementary schools include Cleveland, Coolidge, Truman, Hoover, Harrison, Wright, Polk, Monroe, Erskine, Viola Gibson, Wilkins, Pierce, and Marion Home School.

Voters will still cast ballots at Harding and Franklin Middle Schools; Washington, North Linn, and Prairie High Schools; Taylor, Johnson, Madison, and Arthur Elementary Schools, and Isaac Newton Christian Academy. 

To find your voting location, visit the Linn County Auditor's website.

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