Bill ensuring voters can use public schools signed into law

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr. 4, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation making sure Idaho public schools are available for voting during elections has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.

Little on Tuesday signed the legislation backers say is needed to make sure voters have someplace to vote and that lines aren't overly long, leading to voter suppression.

Those opposed to the legislation say it puts school children at risk by forcing schools to be open to voters for elections.

Officials say public schools comprise about 28 percent of the polling places throughout the state and are accessible for people with disabilities.

Backers say public schools are the only possible polling locations in some areas, and that the legislation is designed to give schools flexibility so they take appropriate precautions.

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