Obviously, no one KNOWS what’s going to happen on Election Day this year.  The El Paso Independent School District is playing it safe. They’re cancelling school across the district due to “security concerns”.

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Of course, this is a presidential election year so turn out is expected to be high. Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 5th.  Many local schools will also be voting locations. The calendar planning committee of the EPISD is playing it safe. According to the committee, the influx of voters could cause risk for students and faculty.

The first day of the school year for 2024-2025 is going to be August 5.

This year’s presidential election is expected to break records for the number of people voting.

In addition to the presidential election, this year will also see all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives contested. Also, 34 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be on the ballot.

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In Texas, Ted Cruz will be defending his Senate seat against underdog challenger Colin Allred.

El Paso’s two congressional representatives will be elected. The incumbents are Veronica Escobar (Democrat of El Paso) and Tony Gonzalez (Republican of San Antonio).

There are no specific threats at this point but the last presidential election in 2020 led to controversy with the losing candidate, Donald Trump, denying the outcome and leading to multiple false claims of election fraud that, though thoroughly debunked, have many concerned with what may go down this year.

The cancelling of classes on Election Day may be out of an abundance of caution. However, this leads to another question: will any accommodations be made for parents without childcare now that their kids will be home on that date?

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