Camp Hill eyes dropping band room as polling place

2013-05-20T21:16:00Z Camp Hill eyes dropping band room as polling placeBy Jana Benscoter, For The Sentinel The Sentinel

Camp Hill High School band room will be used today as a polling place for the 2013 primary election. But, it could be the last time.

Camp Hill School Board of Directors are considering presenting a case to Cumberland County Board of Elections to remove the school as one of five polling locations in Camp Hill. The impetus derives from national, fatal incidents that have motivated the board to protect the high school’s students.

School Director Mark Stewart requested at a recent meeting that the administration gather the number of incidents, if any, that have occurred at the school, and during elections. His statements are part of the preliminary gathering of information, and the school director’s decision on whether they will proceed.

School directors said they were not sure whether they would proceed with the request.

Penny Brown, director of elections and voter registration for Cumberland County, said she has talked to Camp Hill School District Business Administrator Christine Hakes about a polling place resolution. She said, a change in polling place, if approved, would not take affect until May 2014. Polling places are subject to relocation only during an emergency or construction between a primary and a general election, otherwise, they are to remain in the same locations throughout the year.

The elections code says “schoolhouses” are permissible public property buildings that can be used to conduct voting for elections.

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