Janesville citizens oppose temporary police station polling place

Janesville citizens oppose temporary police station polling place

In Janesville, citizens raised concerns Monday evening to the City Council about a proposed polling place move.

More than 1,000 people signed the petition presented to the City Council at Monday’s meeting, claiming that African-American and other minority communities may feel uncomfortable going to a police station to vote.

The police station was proposed as a temporary alternative to City Hall for the April 3 and August 14 elections, while the original polling place is undergoing for renovations.

City Clerk-Treasurer David Godek said previously that the Janesville Police Department is across the street from City Hall, making it less of an inconvenience if voters were to go to the wrong polling place.

Usually, voters from Wards 3 and 4 vote at City Hall.

About 40 people came out in opposition to the proposal, but there was no formal action taken.