Tuesday’s election closes some schools

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Some students may not be happy when they learn they will report to school as usual Tuesday morning.

However, four schools will close that day as they are polling places. Tuesday is Election Day. The Webster Parish Registrar of Voters lists the following schools as polling places:

J.E. Harper Elementary School

J.A. Phillips Middle School

Doyline High School

North Webster Upper Elementary School

The alternative school, now a Central Office annex, is also a polling place and will be open for voters to cast their ballot. Staff will report to work as usual that day, said Dr. Dan Rawls, Webster Parish Superintendent of Schools.

He said students in all other schools will report to their respective campuses at the normal time Tuesday morning. The aforementioned schools will be closed as it is a safety precaution for students who attend these schools.

“You will have hundreds of people driving on campus to vote,” he said, “and when you have hundreds of people driving on campus to vote, it’s an issue of making sure our children are safe. It would just be a safer environment if our children were not there.”

Rawls said the school board voted unanimously to accept his recommendation to close these four schools on Election Day based on safety issues.

On Tuesday, November 4, polls will open at 6 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

“The polls open at 7 a.m. for Saturday elections and close at 8 p.m.,” the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office indicates. “The polls open at 6 a.m. for Tuesday elections and close at 8 p.m. Voters in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.”

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