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Election Officials: Be Mindful when Voting at Schools

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The Democratic primary is next Tuesday, and Albemarle election officials want you to follow a few guidelines if your polling place is at a school - that's because class is still in session.

Snow days extended the school year in Albemarle County - meaning election day for this year's Democratic primary is on a school day. The Albemarle Electoral Board says voters need to be mindful when heading to school precincts.

Voters can cast ballots at one of 28 polling places across Albemarle County for Tuesday's Democratic primary. Many of those precincts will be public schools still full of students and staff. The Albemarle County Electoral Board is reminding voters to look out for children, be careful of buses coming in and out, and slow down when in the school zone.

Election officials say this can also be used as a teaching opportunity.

"They understand that voting is important. We all do, and the good news about having voting on a school day is that the students see people voting and they know that maybe their parents are voting and neighbors voting and they can see that the process is very orderly, very structured.  It's a good thing to do and that's good for the students," Clara Bell Wheeler, member of the Albemarle Electoral Board.

The polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

Albemarle officials say the General Assembly sets the primary election date for the second Tuesday in June.  The Virginia Electoral Board Association is currently trying to get legislators to move that date back one week to avoid situations like this one.

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