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people at a voting station

(photo: Mike De Sisti)

Note: You are viewing an old post about the 2017 elections. For 2018 information, click here.

With the recent attention on safety and security in our schools, the Wauwatosa School District asked the City of Wauwatosa to end voting in schools.  The district and the city have agreed that two schools will no longer be used as polling stations during the elections in 2017, and Mt Zion has offered our space as an alternative for voting at these schools.  We see this as a duty of good citizens and a way to be open and welcoming to our community.

The 2017 elections will be February 21st (spring primary) and April 4th (spring election).  This affects people living in wards 8, 9, 18, 19, and 21, who were voting at Underwood Elementary School or Whitman Middle School:  (Click on images for larger versions.)

Wards 18 and 19 previously voted at Whitman, but will now vote at Mt Zion Wards 9 and 21 previously voted at Underwood, but will now vote at Mt Zion Ward 8 previously voted at Underwood, but will now vote at the Public Works Building
map of Wauwatosa Wards 18 and 19, showing poll station moving from Whitman to Mt Zion map of Wauwatosa Wards 9 and 21, showing poll station moving from Underwood to Mt Zion map of Wauwatosa Ward 8, showing poll station moving from Underwood to the Public Works Building

If you’re not sure what ward you live in, go to MyVote, click on “Search by Address”, and enter your address.  You will then see your ward number and the address and map of your polling station.

overhead view of Mt Zion showing parking lot and main entrance For those who will be voting at Mt Zion for the first time, welcome!  Our building is accessible, and the main entrance can be easily reached from the large parking lot on the north side of the building (enter from 120th).  The main entrance (tucked into the corner) has both an elevator and stairs to quickly reach the lower level, where the polls will be set up in our large Fellowship Hall.

By serving as a voting location, Mt Zion joins many other churches in other cities.  For example, people of the city of Madison vote in a variety of sites, including 15 churches, 25 schools, other public buildings, and even 1 grocery store.  Also, there are 13 churches in the list of Milwaukee’s voting locations.  The practice of combining religious and civic purposes is reminiscent of Wauwatosa’s early days–our first public school building (shown at right, constructed in 1841 just north of Root Common) served as a school during the weekdays, a church for several congregations on Sundays, and later as the Wauwatosa Town Hall.

first public school built in Wauwatosa in 1841 (photo: Wauwatosa Historical Society)

(photo: Wauwatosa Historical Society)

Please join us in welcoming voters to Mt Zion on election day!

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