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Election Day a Lesson in Democracy at Schools

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By BJ Austin, KERA Reporter

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Dallas, TX – Election Day is expected to bring thousands of North Texans onto school campuses to vote at precinct polling places. KERA's BJ Austin reports school principals have been planning for today for the past several weeks. In Richardson, 51 schools are Election Day polling places. Tim Clark, Richardson School District spokesman, says it is a great opportunity for students to see democracy in action, but it can also be disruptive.

Clark: It's really an all hands on deck scenario for our campuses. Our central staff will typically be at schools most of the day to help with additional manpower. And each of our campuses will operate on a modified schedule that day. An example would be lunches. If a polling place is in a cafeteria, then we won't have students use the cafeteria. We'll have them take lunches in the classroom, things like that.

130 Dallas schools are Election Day polling places. There are 41 in Fort Worth and about the same number in Arlington. Clark says easy voter accessibility, school security, parking and carpool-voter traffic congestion are always challenges.