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School Security Concerns Force Relocation of Some Area Polling Places

By Mike DeNardo

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) --  As you get ready to vote tomorrow, double-check the location of your polling place.  Because in South Jersey and elsewhere, there's an effort to move the polls out of school buildings.

After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., two years ago, some local school officials expressed a desire to move polling places out of their buildings, for security reasons.

Bob Venuti, chair of the Camden County Board of Elections, says this is the first general election in which voting machines have been moved out of eighteen schools in Cherry Hill.

"There are no longer any schools in Cherry Hill being used as polling places," Venuti tells KYW Newsradio, "and we've changed some in other towns.  And it's an ongoing process."

About a third of Camden County's polling places remain in school buildings.  Venuti says it's not always easy to find suitable, accessible locations within each voting district.

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