The Palatine municipal government, which is controlled by Republicans, decided not to hold early voting at Village Hall, as has been done for years. They proposed to move Early Voting to the Palatine Police Headquarters. That would be a terrible idea. And while the Cook County Clerk's office looks for another site, rumors are spreading that there will be no Early Voting at all in Palatine. This is false.
All this is a typical Republican voter suppression scheme. Across the country, Republicans are pushing to increase police presence in polling places with the unspoken (or sometimes explicit) goal of intimidating minority voters. In some places, that takes the form of stationing armed police officers in polling places. Arizona House passes bill that would allow police at polling stations. This is even worse: putting the polling place in a building dominated by police.
The ACLU has repeatedly opposed such efforts. Polling Precinct in Police Station Chills Voting Rights, ACLU Claims; Georgia City Under Fire For Moving Polling Location To Police Station.
“If the experience of you or your family members with law enforcement has been really bad, you’re not going to want to see a police officer at the polls,” he said. “Their presence can have the effect of turning people away.”
Voter suppression has evolved into quiet policies that are disguised as benign decisions, as seen here: Voter Suppression Never Went Away.
As Democrats, progressives, and people who value and respect the diversity of our community, we have an obligation to make sure all groups feel at home when they vote. That's why we oppose making people enter a police station before they can vote.