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Superior Telegram

When voters head to the polls in August, residents living in Superior’s 1st and 3rd Districts will have to forge a new path.

The Superior City Council this week approved changing the location for the districts’ polling location. Instead of casting ballots at the Richard I. Bong Airport terminal, voters will cast their ballots at Superior Middle School, 3626 Hammond Ave.

The airport terminal is just not large enough when it comes to big elections, said City Clerk Terri Kalan. She said the airport worked for low-turnout elections, like those that occur in the spring, but proved inadequate for larger elections, such as the vote for president.

“Last presidential election there was a long line out the door and very little room for voters and workers to maneuver around,” Kalan said. “I received many complaints, as did (councilors) Dan Olson and Warren Bender.”

Voters will enter the middle school at the doors just east of Hammond Avenue, which will be marked, leading to the cafeteria-auditorium. The room has a dividing wall that can be used to allow students to have lunch there and allow voters to cast their ballots in a separate space. The whole area could be used for larger elections if needed — students would eat in the atrium.

Kalan doesn’t anticipate interaction between voters and students.