Lawmakers discuss whether schools should be polling places

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New York state lawmakers are discussing whether or not if schools should still be allowed to host elections.

A total of three bills circulating in Albany suggest schools shouldn't be required to host polling places, schools should have a greater say in hosting elections, and that the Board of Elections should be in charge of finding alternative polling sites.

State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, who's also a former principal, says the concern over polling sites is school safety.

Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioner Reginald Lafayette says especially in more urban areas, space for polling places is limited.

Sayegh says Election Day should be a national holiday, and that there should be a policy that restricts school from holding classes during elections.

Lafayette agreed, saying the only way to guarantee schools are empty is to make Election Day a state holiday.

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