Clerk explains health protocols for voters

Submitted by Susan Racca

These are the COVID-19 guidelines for in-person voting according to Emergency Election Plan for the July 11 and Aug. 15 Elections:

Health Protocols for Voters

Voters are highly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth while in the polling place. Hand sanitizer will be provided for voters’ use and should be placed at frequently used locations, such as check-in tables and exits. Voters will be expected to wash or disinfect their hands upon entering the polling place, after interaction with election workers, poll watchers, or other individuals at the polling place and after using a voting machine.

Voters will also be expected, to the extent feasible while at the polling place, to maintain at least six feet of distance from other individuals not within the same household.

If an election worker is unable to determine the identity of a voter wearing a face covering, the voter should be prepared to lower or temporarily remove the face covering when checking in. After the voter’s identity has been confirmed, the voter should wear the face covering until they leave the polling place.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and pen (to sign the precinct register).