Wake County schools may operate on a two-hour delay on Election Day because of the expected heavy traffic around polling places in the morning.
The school board’s student achievement committee backed a staff recommendation Monday to open all schools two hours late on Nov. 8. Between 50 and 60 schools serve as polling places so classes are often delayed during national elections when turnout is higher.
This year’s Election Day ballot will include a long list of items, including president, Congress, governor, General Assembly, county races and a referendum to raise the sales tax a half-cent in Wake to help pay for transit.
“A two-hour delay just makes common sense,” said Kevin Hill, chairman of the student achievement committee.
The full school board could approve the schedule change on July 19.