Debate over the West Side Democratic Club Building should be a polling place

In the assessment of the Republican Party, the West Side Democratic Club Building, should no longer be a polling place.

Tuesday, the St. Joseph County Election Board was formally asked, to take the West Side Democratic Club in South Bend off the list of planned polling places for the November election.

“I know it’s been there a long time I have no issue with the people of the west side,” says Dr. Deborah Fleming St. Joseph County Republican Party. “Fact is though that that any more than I think there needs to be a polling place at Republican Headquarters something with a Republican name in it. I just don't think that it’s a fair opportunity for a polling place to have the name Democratic Club in the side.”

“If it were moved right now, I think what you're doing is you're disenfranchising voters that have voted there,” says Deborah Ladyga Block of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party. “That population over there in that area there's a lot of elderly. They're very used to going to the West Side Democratic Club and I think that's what they need to do for this election especially.”

Tuesday, the election board was told that the West Side Democratic Club has been a polling place since 1962. Some 840 people are registered to vote there.

Nonetheless, the board agreed to hold a meeting on October first to hear arguments on the request.


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