RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Area School Board voted 4-3 to keep area schools open as voting precincts.
Discussions earlier this year focused on possibly switching out the schools as voting places over concerns about student safety.
The board discussed the issue at length and centering around the issue of safety in schools while also promoting democracy to those who are not old enough to vote.
The vote won’t have any binding impact on whether polling places stay or change; that decision still sits with the Pennington County Auditor.
Board member Christina Stephenson says using schools as polling places is a great way to teach kids about democracy.