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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferencePrimary & Secondary Education · 2 months ago

Why is there no school on Election Day in some U. S. schools if only 12th Graders that are both 18+ and a U. S citizen can vote?

IMO, there should be school for VPK students on Election Day.

There should be school for Pre-Kindergarten students on Election Day.

There should be school for Kindergarten students on Election Day.There should be school for 1st graders on Election Day.There should be school for 2nd graders on Election Day.There should be school for 3rd graders on Election Day.There should be school for 4th graders on Election Day.There should be school for 5th graders on Election Day.There should be school for 6th graders on Election Day.There should be school for 7th graders on Election Day.There should be school for 8th graders on Election Day.There should be school for 9th Graders on Election Day.There should be school for 10th graders on Election Day.There should be school for 11th graders on Election Day.

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  • donnie
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    12th graders can vote. It’s just hard for many districts to have everyone in the buildings and still be able to have lesrning time. It’s just a pain in the *** and can be avoided by just calling off classes. There is the safety issues with the general public being in there, then there is the fact that in many areas where kids are learning like a gym or eating lunch in the cafeteria or classrooms are being used do you have to make sure people can vote and go to class. It’s too much like I said but some districts do it and others just call it off. I think it’s usually district discretion 

  • 2 months ago

    I have never heard of that, but it is a step in the right direction to ensure everyone votes. It should be a national holiday. 

  • drip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No schools around me close down. Even those who have polling places.  They have it set up so people coming in to vote are not by the students, 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Most schools are used as polling places, which means that having them in session would interfere with the election. And the election doesn't just affect kids, either. Most federal and state workers generally have election day off, because a fair number of them are involved in the electoral process in one way or other. Where do you think poll workers come from? And registrars, observers, etc? They don't grow on trees, and they aren't gifts from the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus. Even private companies are required by law to permit employees to take time to vote or to participate in the election in other ways (such as campaign workers) if they choose to do so.

    Having kids out of school on election day is also useful for teaching them important lessons about the political process and how our democracy operates. Kids often accompany their parents to the polls, which gives them a chance to learn what voting is and why it's important- in a way that they never can in the classroom. One other note: Not all 12th graders are 18. Some of them are 17, and some are 16, believe it or not. Even when they are 18, they often have not registered to vote by the time the election comes. If they turn 18 late in the year of the election, then they're out of luck as far as voting goes. For example, if the election is in November, but someone doesn't reach his or her 18th birthday until December 2020, they're not going to be voting in this election. They may still be a senior in high school, however. The registration deadline for this year's presidential election has already passed, and early voting is underway in a lot of places. Even if someone turned 18 in January of this year, that still is not a guarantee that they'll be voting, because they may not have registered in time, or they may not have registered AT ALL.

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  • 2 months ago

    Many schools are used as polling places as they are public buildings, and there is often a school in each Congressional District/voting district. If schools are used for voting, students can disrupt polling, or all the traffic for the polling place can interfere with the students. So schools in some states/areas may be closed. Other places, even though schools are used as polling places, the design of the school building allows separate entrance to, say the gym, and that polling area can be closed off to the kids for the day. It's a security measure. Use your head.

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