Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Many Will Vote Today In Church Buildings

As Americans go to the polls today, many people will find that their voting place is a church. Last week's Orlando Sentinel carried an interesting article pointing out that almost half of Volusia County, Florida's polling places are in houses of worship. The county has received few complaints about the practice. Nevertheless, Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said:"Local governments should realize that not everybody is comfortable voting in churches. Generally speaking, a community center or a school would be better." However, as reported last month by ABC7 Chicago, many school parents object to use of schools as polling places because it allows strangers in without adequate security. Meanwhile, Volusia County, Florida's assistant supervisor of elections, Karen Harris, said that anyone who is uncomfortable about voting in a church can vote ahead of time or on election day at the county Supervisor of Elections Office.