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Families push against allowing polling sites in schools

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A sign outside a school directs voters where to go to cast their ballot on Thursday. (WSMV) A sign outside a school directs voters where to go to cast their ballot on Thursday. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

With another election in the books, some families are voicing the same concern - they want to see a change to voting being held in schools.

Sandra Porter didn't teach her grandchildren their dance moves.

"No. Not hardly," she laughed. "Granny has no rhythm. I think I'll stay away from dancing."

Porter says her role is to keep her grandchildren healthy, give a whole lot of love and keep a constant watchful eye.

"You're not going to find me sitting here on my phone ignoring the grandkids," she said.

Porter said it's that care that caused her family to keep the children home Thursday while people were voting at their school.

"Are you kidding me? Are you just oblivious to what's going on in our current climate? Our children need to be safe," she said.

A spokesperson for Metro Schools said because it is supported by public tax dollars, it is required to provide polling locations and the law would have to be changed by the state legislature.

The spokesperson said the district asked for approval from the state commissioner of education to close schools during voting Thursday, but the request was denied. The state Department of Education had not returned calls to News4 by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Metro Schools said voters were directed to enter and exit through a dedicated outside entrance.

"It makes me very nervous," said Porter. "It's not even just the possible pedophiles that could get into the school but the violence. You're opening the doors to anybody who could walk in, and you don't know who any of them are."

Porter said she's started writing to her elected officials, and she'll write to whoever it takes to keep her grandchildren safe.

"You're not going to be hearing the end of this from a lot of parents who are very concerned," she said. "There are a lot of parents who are furious over this whole situation."

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