Polling place may be moved from JLMS

At school district’s request, liaison committee discusses change due to safety concerns
Ozaukee Press Staff

Officials from the Grafton School District and Village Board want to replace John Long Middle School as a polling place before the spring 2020 elections.

The Village and District Joint Liaison Committee met to discuss the issue Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The school district asked the village to consider finding an alternative polling station because of safety concerns at the school.

Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said the village staff is researching multiple locations.

“We are well on our way with doing that research and are starting to get into more of the physical walkthroughs of different facilities,” Thyes said.

“We want to make sure such things like accessibility for ADA compliance, parking and public restrooms are available.”

Village officials asked the district if the middle school could continue to be used as an alternative if no other polling facility is available. Thyes said the Wisconsin Election Commission must approve any new voting facility.

“We as village staff can work hard to research the facility logistics, but at the end of the day there is an aspect that we can’t control, which is approval by the state election commission for the site we pick,” Thyes said.

“That’s why we asked for the district’s consideration to allow for its use as a plan B for the spring elections.”

Supt. Jeff Nelson said the School Board will discuss using the middle school as an alternative site at its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 23. 

“We are making every effort to make sure we will be up and running outside of a school district facility for the larger fall elections next year,” Thyes said, noting there will be elections in February and April.

The committee also discussed how to communicate a change of venue to the public.

No action was taken at the meeting and the committee agreed to set up a quarterly meeting schedule. The committee last met in March 2015. 

“We want to have more of an ongoing discussion instead of a reactionary discussion,” Thyes said. 



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