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Schools Serving as Election Polling Sites

We have received multiple inquiries regarding our schools serving as election polling locations. While we understand the concern of allowing our schools to be open to the public throughout the school day, we are required by State Statute 49.24 to make our facilities available for this purpose.

State Statute 49.24 reads: Schoolhouses as polling places. In precincts outside of cities the election shall, if practicable, be held in a public school building. Any damage to the building or furniture resulting from the election shall be paid by the county. Election Laws of Iowa 2014 Page 251 [C97, §1113; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §742; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §49.24] Schoolhouses as polling places, §297.9.

We are currently reviewing future District calendars to determine if there are options for the November election date to be a "no school" day. As this process moves forward, we will keep the community updated on that work. However, for all other elections, we will be required to continue to serve as polling sites unless the County Auditor chooses to locate them elsewhere.