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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools hopes move polling places

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district is looking at moving around its 36 public school polling sites to keep students safer.

“There is more of a concern about the public being in our schools,” said Dionne Jenkins, an attorney for the school district.

The goal is to limit interaction between voters and students, especially in unsupervised areas.

“There was a concern that there may be some contact with students in some of the common areas, for example the restrooms or in the hallways,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins recommends that polling places be moved closer to entrances or exits.

“As opposed to [voters] having to navigate the halls themselves and figure out where they’re supposed to go,” she said.

They’re also looking at moving three polling sites from one school to another in the same precinct.

The voting site at Cash Elementary would move to East Forsyth Middle School.

Paisley Magnet’s site would move to Cook Elementary and Mineral Springs Elementary to Mineral Springs Middle.

“That actually works better for both situations for the school as well as the voters,” said Lamar Joyner, interim director of Forsyth County Board of Elections.

Elections officials say they would have to reprint voter registration cards along with new maps so voters know where to go.

If approved by the state, school officials say the changes could be a small inconvenience for a bigger goal

“Our concern is protecting the safety of the students,” Jenkins said.

The Forsyth Co. Board of Elections will have to approve moving poll sites from one school to another.

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