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Voting Interrupted At Madison School After Bomb Threat

East High Polling Place Will Now Be Open Until 9 P.M.

UPDATED: 12:04 am CST November 8, 2006

Voting was interrupted at Madison East High School after a bomb threat there earlier on Tuesday..

The high school was evacuated Tuesday morning after a threatening note was found. Authorities said the note indicated that a bomb would go off at the school at noon.

The students and faculty were told to evacuate the building shortly before noon, as were poll workers and voters, WISC-TV reported. The school was evacuated to the adjacent field as Madison police, a bomb squad, a K-9 unit and 10 trained district staff members searched for an explosive device.

State Elections Board executive director Kevin Kennedy said voting stopped there late this morning so a search could be conducted.

"I worried about people who could only get their lunch hour off, to get back as quickly as we could. The people who can make it have been really forbearing, and willing to do something a little odd, which I appreciate," said Dorinda Hartmann, a Dane County election official.

Kennedy said city elections workers asked for and received permission to move the voting outside.

The East High School polling place was closed for about an hour while poll workers worked fast to reassemble machines at an outdoor patio between the main school building and an athletic field house.

Madison police spokesman Carlos Valentin said nothing was found in the search, and the voting was allowed to resume in the school after about three hours.

Madison school district spokesman Joseph Quick said the bomb threat was against the school, rather than the polling place.

At the request of the Madison City Clerk, a Dane County Circuit Court judge has ordered that the ward 32 polling place at East High School remained open an additional hour, until 9 p.m on Tuesday.

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