Rockdale County Public Schools will be closed for students on Tuesday, Election Day.
This is standard practice in presidential election years, said RCPS spokesperson Cindy Ball. "This isn’t new. We did this four years ago."
"In the past we’ve had so many people in the schools that are voting polls, it becomes disruptive to the school day. And you have safety concerns" when so many outside people pass through the schools, she said.
The day has been listed on the 2012-2013 school calendar as a day off for students and a staff development/planning day since it was released last year.
The schools that serve as polling stations are: Barksdale Elementary, Flat Shoals Elementary, Honey Creek Elementary, Hightower Trail Elementary, Pine Street Elementary, Conyers Middle, JH House Elementary, Hertiage High, Salem High and Edwards Middle School.
On Election Day, Nov. 6, the precinct polls will be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Rockdale's prenincts, with poll locations in parenthesis, are: Barksdale (Barksdale Elementary School), Bethel (Presbyterian Church of the Resurrection), Conyers (Conyers First United Methodist Church), Fieldstone (Life Church), Flat Shoals (Flat Shoals Elementary School), Honey Creek (Honey Creek Elementary School), Hightower (Hightower Trail Elementary School), The Lakes (Rockdale County Public Works Building), Lorraine (Union United Methodist Church), Magnet (Cross Pointe Christian Church), Milstead (Conyers Middle School), Olde Town (Pine Street Elementary School), Rockdale (Rockdale Baptist Church), Salem (Salem High School), Sheffield (J.H. House Elementary School), Smyrna (Heritage High School), St. Pius (St. Pius X Catholic Church), Stanton (Edwards Middle School).
To find out where your poll is, call the Board of Elections office at 770-278-7333. Or go to http://sos.georgia.gov/cgi-bin/locator.asp
All voters need to bring one of the six forms of acceptable photo ID listed below:
1. A Georgia Driver’s License; even if expired
2. A Valid Photo ID card issued by any State or U.S. government
3. A Valid United States passport;
4. A Valid Government Employee Photo Identification Card
5. A valid United States military identification card with Photo
6. A valid tribal identification card with Photo
Provisional Ballots are available for those voters who do not have one of the above Photo IDs.
For more information, contact the Rockdale Board of Elections/Voter Registration Office at 770-278-7333