Officials cite security risk in school polling stations
Waterloo school district officials say they will not allow schools to be used as voting stations, citing security risks.
According to principal Mike Fisher, Tuesday's primary election will be the last time Hoover Middle School is used as a polling station. Due to a miscommunication with the Black Hawk County Auditor's office, he said school officials were unaware they would be hosting the station until the ballot machines arrived. To accommodate on short notice, they will open one door on the backside of the school, under supervision.
"What we've done, is we've found a win-win where we can allow them into a small portion of our building, but they don't actually have contact with students," Fisher said.
Fisher said there will be a tape line on the floor, supervised by staff member, who will inform authorities if anyone crosses into the school as a whole.
Kyle Jensson, election manager for Black Hawk County, said they Auditor's Office will search for a new polling station after the primary.
"We'll try to keep it in the neighborhood, but there's not a lot to select from," said Jensson.
The only other Black Hawk county voting station in a school is in La Porte City.
Fisher said there will be signage directing voters to the correct entrance.