Trustees of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) have voted against allowing polling stations in schools for Canadian federal elections.

A TCDSB spokesperson said the Board of Trustees voted 6-5 not to allow polling places in the board’s schools “to eliminate any additional risks from COVID-19.”

The resolution says that the TCDSB director will now write a letter to Elections Canada notifying the voting agency of the vote.

The resolution suggests that commercial buildings, stadiums and public municipal buildings may be among the places used as voting centers.

“That this board now allows unidentified persons to enter our indoor school facilities would carry an increased risk to our system, especially with the emergence and prevalence of lethal variants,” the resolution reads in part.

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While schools have traditionally been used as polling places in the past, this is not a regular school year given the ongoing pandemic and steps taken to try to keep facilities open, the resolution states.

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