Details set for Munster schools referendum
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent March 19, 2013 5:26PM
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:37AM
All existing polling places in the town of Munster will remain the same for the May 7 school referendum special election but some precincts may find they are voting in different areas of the school buildings.
Tuesday the Lake County Board of Elections approved a resolution setting polling places and early voting hours for the election that will ask voters to create a new levy of 19.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for seven years to raise an estimated $21 million in operating revenue.
For a house valued at $244,835, the increase would add $253 to the annual property tax bill.
Since school will be in session during this election changing the location voters will go in some of the buildings became necessary, said James Wieser, board attorney. Wieser said election board staff and the Munster school officials met with Democratic and Republican committeemen to come up with the final plan.
Munster precincts 24 and 25 will continue voting in the high school. Precinct 24 will relocate to the auditorium. Precinct 25 will relocate to the media center. Munster precincts 8 and 11 will relocate to the gymnasium at Wilbur Wright Middle School. Munster precincts 13, 14, and 16 will relocate to the gymnasium at Frank Hammond Elementary School. All other precincts will remain the same.
Wieser said a request by the schools to combine some of polling places would be too difficult for the elections office.
Board member Kevin Smith said any changes that occur during special elections tend to create confusion among voters during the next general election.
“(Special election) changes in polling places have a larger potential to lead to confusion in the next election,” Smith said.
Voters also will be able to vote in-person and early at Munster Town Hall from April 22 to May 6. Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 and May 4 and from 10 a.m. to noon May 6. Early in-person voting will also be conducted in the Lake County Government Center.