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Rockford moves polling place

Relocation an effort to reduce coronavirus risk

By Ken DeCoster

Staff writer

ROCKFORD — Another primary election polling place is being relocated out of an assisted living facility to reduce the chances of exposing vulnerable residents to the new coronavirus.

The Rockford Board of Election Commissioners is moving its Ward 4 Precinct 1, Ward 4 Precinct 4 and Ward 12 Precinct 7 polling place for the Tuesday General Primary election from Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N. Alpine Road, to Rockford Lutheran High School, 3411 N. Alpine Road.

“We recognize the importance of the election process and are proud that many of our students are election judges,” Rockford Lutheran Schools Executive Director Don Gillingham said. “We are ready to help our community any way we can.”

The Board of Elections previously moved its polling place for Ward 1 Precinct 7 and Ward 1 Precinct 8 from Spring Ridge Senior Living, 6645 Fincham Road, to the Rockford Public Library at 6685 E. State Street.

Senior care facilities in Rockford and across the country have restricted public access because of the increased risk to elderly people.

The new coronavirus can cause the COVID-19 disease, first identified in Wuhan, China, and now spreading globally.

Rockford Board of Election Commissioners Executive Director Stacey Bixby is encouraging residents to take advantage of early voting to avoid larger crowds and reduce risk of exposure.

Rockford residents can cast early ballots from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Rockford Board of Election offices, 301 S. Sixth St., and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St.

Voters are encouraged to check the website or call the Rockford Board of Elections at 815-987-570 with any questions.

Residents from outside Rockford can cast early ballots from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Winnebago County Administration Building, 404 Elm St. in Rockford.

Residents from outside Rockford can also cast early votes at the Harlem Township Building, 819 Melbourne Ave., in Machesney Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

On Tuesday, Winnebago County voters must vote at their assigned polling place. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ken DeCoster: 815-987-1391; kdecoster@rrstar. com; @DeCosterKen

The Rockford Board of Election Office, 301 S. Sixth St., will be open for early voting on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. [SUSAN MORAN/RRSTAR.COM CORRESPONDENT]

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