Nervous to vote in person? Here’s a look at safety protocols at the polls

Nervous to vote in person? Here’s a look at safety protocols at the polls

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — With just a few weeks left until Election Day, many voters want to know what’s being done to protect their votes and keep them safe.

Channel 2′s Carol Sbarge was at the DeKalb County election office, where she learned what kind of precautions officials are taking.

This year, election workers are doing extra things for safety protocols during in-person voting. When voters go inside, they will provide the pool officer with their Georgia-issued voter identification.

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Poll workers will be wearing N-95 masks and face shields.


DeKalb County Elections Director Erica Hamilton walked Sbarge through some more of the safety protocols.

“We will offer these disposable styluses they can use so that they don’t have to touch any of the equipment,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said they are hoping to get their order delivered by Monday when early voting starts.

“I talked to the vendor this morning,” Hamilton said. “I should get an ETA later today. If they’re not here by Monday, they will be at some point during the first week of early voting.”

Hamilton said all polling places will have hand sanitizer and gloves if people want to use them. Poll workers plan to disinfect equipment every hour at minimum. They can’t require voters to wear masks, but strongly encourage it.

You can check your county’s election website for early voting locations and times.

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