Recently Wilson Elementary School and Marshall Middle School were eliminated as polling sites for 2012. This change was brought about by the 2010 census data which showed a disparity in population size between various city ward boundaries and legislative districts.
When census data is collected every ten years, one of the uses of this data is to assure that the population size for city wards and legislative districts is equal. Because there have been shifts in Janesville’s population, shifts needed to be made to city ward boundaries and legislative districts.
Now that the city has established ward boundaries, the new polling locations have been identified. Those who once voted at Wilson and Marshall will be moved to a new location. The city determines where that will be.
In compliance with state laws, polling locations need to be located within the ward boundaries. They must also be handicap accessible, supply adequate parking, provide custodial support, and have a location to safely store voting machines before and after a voting date. Ideally these polling locations would be in a public building; however, one of the concerns of opening schools as polling places is that schools have become much more secure environments in an effort to protect employees and students.